Florida is in chaos as thousands of ballots remain uncounted, and the outcome of the state’s key elections could remain unclear for weeks


President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Since Tuesday, Florida, Georgia, and Arizona have all become mired in controversy over uncounted votes.
But nowhere is the chaos more dramatic than in Florida, where two major South Florida counties — Broward and Palm Beach — have yet to count thousands of votes.
Several races, including the Senate and gubernatorial contests, are approaching the 0.5 percentage-point margin that would trigger an automatic recount.

Since Tuesday, Florida, Georgia, and Arizona have all become mired in controversy over uncounted votes.

But nowhere is the chaos more dramatic than in Florida, where two major Democratic-leaning South Florida counties — Broward and Palm Beach — are still tallying thousands of votes as the margin between the Senate and gubernatorial candidates approaches the recount threshold.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has not conceded to his Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, despite Scott declaring victory on Tuesday night.
In the governor’s race, Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, conceded on Tuesday night. But since then, Republican Ron DeSantis’ lead has fallen to just 0.44 percentage points, which is just below the automatic recount threshold. On Thursday, Gillum’s campaign indicated that they are “ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount.”

Republicans are charging that Broward and Palm Beach County elections officials have a record of “incompetence and irregularities in vote tabulations.” They are pointing to a recent court ruling that Brenda Snipes, the Broward County elections supervisor, oversaw the illegal destruction of votes in a 2016 congressional contest. The office is under state monitoring.

Snipes has, as of yet, not released the total number of ballots yet to be counted. She said Thursday that mail-in and provisional ballots are being counted as quickly as possible but that her office has been slowed by the volume of ballots.

The battle over the future of Florida — and the Senate — could continue for weeks as recounts, and lawsuits, commence:

As of Friday morning, Scott leads Nelson by about 15,000 votes and DeSantis leads Gillum by about 36,000 votes.
All of Florida’s 67 counties have until noon on Saturday to send their unofficial vote counts to Florida’s Division of Elections.
Ballots collected in Broward, as of Thursday evening, show that almost 25,000 people voted in the governor’s race, but not in the Senate race. Democrats blame the fact that Senate box appeared in a corner of the ballot beneath the instructions and say many voters missed it.
Florida’s secretary of state — a Scott appointee — is tasked with ordering the state-mandated recounts.
Six races could have recounts: US Senate, governor, state agriculture commissioner, one state Senate race, and two state House races.
Machine recounts must be completed by 3 p.m. on November 15. The state will allow three more days for manual recounts if the margin is less than 0.25 percentage points.

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