Already a long shot to keep his U.S. Senate seat, Democrat Bill Nelson watched what little reelection hopes he had left fade Friday, as a statewide hand recount failed to find scores of votes in his favor.
Polls suggested Andrew Gillum was headed for a victory to become Florida’s first black governor and likely to outperform Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who is white. But Nelson ended up with 43,000 more votes.
Broward County completes the manual recount of overvotes and undervotes in the Florida race for U.S. Senate in under two hours, thanks to hundreds of volunteers and what appears to be a large number of undervotes.
Broward County began the state mandated manual recount later than planned Friday morning. Hundreds of volunteers will review tenants of thousands of ballots for the U.S. Senate race between Bill Nelson and RIck Scott.
Miami-Dade launched its manual recount for the U.S. Senate race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson at 7:31 p.m. Thursday. Just before 1:30 a.m. Friday, the operation shut down, with plans to resume at 8 a.m.
Much of the legal fight in the Florida recount was in the courtroom of U.S. Judge Mark Walker, who’s in charge of at least seven lawsuits. The Bill Nelson-Rick Scott U.S. Senate race hangs in the balance.
A recount in Monroe County recovered one ballot not originally counted. The votes were for Republicans Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis and Matt Caldwell. None of the results in the Keys were changed by the recount.
Nine days passed since Election Night 2018, but Ron DeSantis is now all but officially Florida’s next governor. The machine recount ended with the margin of victory over Andrew Gillum virtually unchanged.
State officials have asked federal prosecutors to look into whether official election forms sent to voters in at least four Florida counties were improperly altered. Emails released by the state show the forms appear to have been sent by the Democratic Party.
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has sued Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen to stop vote-by-mail ballots received via email or fax from displaced hurricane victims from being counted in the machine recount.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered statewide hand recounts Thursday in races for U.S. Senate between Bill Nelson and Rick Scott and agriculture commissioner between Nicole “Nikki” Fried and Matt Caldwell.
Federal judge Mark Walker on Thursday ordered Florida’s 67 elections supervisors to give thousands of voters whose ballots were rejected over mismatched signatures time to fix the problem and have their votes counted. Gov. Rick Scott plans to appeal.
Early Thursday, Broward County almost finished its voting recount in the Florida Governor race (Ron DeSantis vs. Andrew Gillum), U.S. Senate (Rick Scott vs. Bill Nelson) and Department of Agriculture commissioner (Nikki Fried vs. Matt Caldwell)
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker denied a Democratic challenge to Florida’s voter intent rules governing undervotes and overvotes and rejected a request to prevent Gov. Rick Scott from exercising authority over the recount.
Court rulings and recount deadlines are destined for a collision Thursday as attorneys for Rick Scott and Bill Nelson spar in federal court and elections supervisors scramble to tally every last vote before a 3 p.m. deadline.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker heard testimony and arguments in Sen. Bill Nelson’s lawsuit that seeks to validate thousands of mail and provisional ballots that have been disallowed because signatures on ballot envelopes don’t match signatures on file.