Palm Beach forced to start over after voting machines overheat

Brenda Snipes

Trump urges Florida to end vote recount and hand elections to Republicans

A federal judge says he is unlikely to let Florida election officials automatically count thousands of mail-in ballots that...

Pressed on his fraud claim, Scott referred to a lawsuit Nelson has filed to reexamine ballots with signature issues. "Basically in Florida right now, there are no rules - everything is just chaos".

"I'll check with my family and they'll tell me what I'm doing", she said.

Accusations of bias and incompetence have followed Snipes for years before the recent recount controversy.

For example, in Republican-dominated Bay County, Elections Supervisor Mark Andersen accepted 147 ballots by email, even though that's barred by state law. "If it didn't take up to four days, the law wouldn't have put that in there", Pettis said. That could spark disputes over whether the voter meant to mark it that way or not. Google any state and "voting problem" and chances are you will find something. Voting problems in overwhelmingly Democratic states like California and NY or in Republican states like Texas and Utah do not get any attention because they don't change statewide outcomes.

"Please pass the word to the FDP they can't arbitrarily add their own deadline to your form for VBM cures!" Broward blamed its lengthy ballot, which included 10 county charter amendments, while Palm Beach blamed aging voting equipment.

Once that recount is complete, a hand recount is mandated for any races still separated by 0.25 percentage points or less.

Not so in Palm Beach, where Bucher said the machines aren't fast enough. Bucher compared it to trying to drive an old vehicle from Florida to Los Angeles.

Both races are divided by extremely narrow margins, triggering the recount.

A worker holds ballots before a ballot recount in Lauderhill, Florida, on November 12, 2018.

Three major Florida races are in a recount: the U.S. senate race between Scott and Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to admit that he lost his re-election bid to Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Daniel Nordby, a lawyer for the Republican governor, told a federal judge Wednesday that Scott will recuse himself from the state's canvassing commission.

Nelson was just 0.15 percent behind Scott prior to the recount. "It's become obvious that Mr. Scott can not oversee the process in a fair and impartial way, and he should remove himself from the recount process".

Florida law gives local election officials until the Saturday after an election to submit their first round of unofficial election results.

Rick Scott is Florida's Republican governor, not a senator-elect. Bill Nelson try to expand the pool of potential votes in his razor-close Senate race. Bill Nelson, and a recount is ongoing.

The Senate minority leader's stand came as Trump, Scott and Republicans pursue a scorched earth strategy in Florida, deploying battalions of lawyers and throwing out baseless claims of fraud.

Despite reports of mistakes, slow recounts, and other oddities, the Florida Department of State - which is Republican-controlled - has maintained that they do not believe there is widespread voter fraud at issue in the recounts now taking place across south Florida.

Sancho said Florida's Secretary of State exercised that authority in 2000 during its 37-day recount.

Bucher said the county's 11-year-old machines began having problems on Monday as early voting ballots were being counted in the U.S. Senate race.

Current law requires the signatures on mail-in ballots and a voter's registration form to match.

"Given his efforts to undermine the votes of Floridians, this is the only way that we can ensure that the people's votes are protected", Nelson said in a video statement on Monday.

Some of the recount trouble centers on the Democratic stronghold of Palm Beach County, where tallying machines have overheated.

"It is unconstitutional to say every vote should count in rural counties because they can count quickly but every vote shouldn't count in the more urban populated counties because it takes them longer to count the votes", Schumer said.

Palm Beach said it won't finish its recount by the Thursday deadline.

At the Broward County elections centre, about 30 workers gathered around a dozen counting machines counting ballots on Wednesday morning (Thursday NZT). But two of the pending four lawsuits ask that a federal judge to delay the deadlines, arguing that some counties won't be able to finish due to the crush of ballots they are processing.

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