Rick Scott's lawyer 'fully expecting' recount in Florida Senate race

Leroy Wright
November 10, 2018

Marx apparently found it a problem that Bucher's staff did not forward ballots to the canvassing board to decide if they were under or over votes.

The campaign also filed a separate lawsuit against Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, accusing her of refusing to allow Scott's representatives to personally witness the ballot counting.

Florida has made a disturbing return to the election spotlight 18 years after the drama that launched George W Bush's presidency, as the state braces for race recounts amid accusations of corruption and voting discrepancies.

Scott holds a slim lead over Nelson in the race.

Trump took note of the involvement of Nelson's lawyer, Marc Elias, a Washington-based Democrat who represented Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential race and has handled recounts before, including one that sent comedian Al Franken to the Senate from Minnesota in 2008.

Scott's campaign announced Friday that the National Republican Senatorial Committee has retained the Gibson Dunn law firm on behalf of the campaign.

Most of the focus had turned to Broward County, a Democratic South Florida stronghold that, mysteriously, according to critics, was still tallying early-voting and mail-in ballots on Thursday. The suit also alleges failure to follow state law regarding "overvoted" and "undervoted" absentee ballots, where a voter selects too many candidates or not candidates.

It's fair to say that the county election officials are slow, and there could even be incompetence, but to suggest there is fraud without providing evidence is irresponsible. Today the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated, "This morning we spoke with the Department of State and they indicated they had no criminal allegations of fraud". During a press conference Thursday night, Scott said, "The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency, and the supervisors are failing to give it to us". A recount would be automatically triggered if the candidates are within 0.5 points of each other and the machine recount would need to be completed by 3 p.m. on November 15.

"It makes no sense, you have to be naive to believe that they're not trying to steal the election", Scott said Friday.

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Nelson lawyer Mar Elias shot back at Scott for using his official position to try to influence the election. Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Scott appointee, will review the results and decide whether to order recounts. They also asked for the Saturday deadline to be extended. He said there was a "complete lack of uniformity" in how those signatures were judged.

"And the Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has a history of acting in bad faith", he said.

In speaking with Florida Politics, Murphy laid out how he discovered his vote would not be counted.

Appearing on Fox News, U.S. Sen. He's asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. "What is unusual is to undervote the top of the ticket", Elias said, via RollCall. Those are the U.S. Senate race, Florida Governor's race, and the contest for state Agriculture Commissioner.

"Rick Scott, who won by ― you know, it was close, but he won by a comfortable margin ― every couple of hours it goes down a little bit", Trump said before boarding Marine One to start his weekend trip to France.

On Twitter, Mr Trump weighed in briefly on Georgia's ongoing election, where another Republican claimed victory on Tuesday before ballots were completely counted.

Scott, Florida's governor, is suing two of his state's counties - Broward and Palm Beach - asking for an investigation of the tens of thousands of votes trickling in days after the election, which have narrowed his lead enough to trigger a recount. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott are locked in an extremely close contest for the Senate, with Scott holding a lead in the vote count of less than a percentage point but Nelson gaining ground.

On Friday afternoon, Nelson trailed by around 15,000 votes, or 0.18 percent, below the state's 0.25 percent threshold for a hand recount.

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