'Infected?' Accusations of Election Fraud as Florida Races to Meet Recount Deadline

Brenda Snipes

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But Republicans, including US President Donald Trump, have argued without evidence that voter fraud threatens to steal races from the GOP.

"There's no more hanging chads", said Richard Hasen, a law professor at the University of California Irvine, who specializes in election law. They recoiled at the idea of sharing power with ordinary folk, fearing the hoi polloi would just screw things up (see The Federalist Papers #10).

So what about those reforms? It is common for elections supervisors to process results well after election night. "If it didn't take up to four days, the law wouldn't have put that in there", Pettis said.

County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told the Associated Press the machines are "old" and are not created to be used around the clock.

"Herein lies why Florida is always in trouble", he said.

Robbins said the plaintiffs also want the court to appoint a "neutral third party" to replace Scott on the elections canvassing commission, rather than a member of the Florida Cabinet. The [canvassing] boards did not know the definition of an overvote.

The Democratic National Committee and veterans' advocacy group VoteVets Action Fund filed a new lawsuit on Monday asking a federal judge to order state officials to accept all mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day, rather than only those received by 7 p.m. that day, the same time that polls closed.

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"I am happy and confident with our team, we are following procedures and every Miami-Dade County voter should be proud of our Elections Department", said Gimenez. And Gov. Scott's lead over Sen.

There have been bumps as Florida undergoes a recount for both the governor and Senate races. Scott now holds a slim lead over Nelson. He cited a report that a handful of voters in Bay County, a predominantly white Gulf Coast area ravaged by Hurricane Michael last month, were allowed to cast votes by email or fax while voters in more diverse counties on Florida's densely populated East coast were screened more rigorously.

"(Scott has) thrown around words like voter fraud with no proof.

While that change should provide for a smoother, more consistent hand recount, problems remain. "Basically in Florida right now, there are no rules - everything is just chaos". "He is keeping political pressure, judicial pressure, on the process".

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes told reporters Tuesday that "it is time to move on" and that she believed she had fulfilled her duties.

The state's Attorney General, Republican Pam Bondi, echoed Scott's calls for an investigation, but FDLE has maintained that there are is no evidence to justify that step.

"No, I think it was fine", said Senator David Perdue. "Where is the secretary of state?" Secretary of State Ken Detzner is considered Florida's chief elections officer.

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Hasen, the UC Irvine law professor, says there is a way to lessen partisan rancor over such positions.

Now, a week later, officials in the Sunshine State requested help from Nebraska based Election Systems and Software.

"You require enough of a threshold that requires the consent of both parties", he said. He hosted a "count every vote" event at a church in Broward County on Sunday afternoon. That lawsuit asked the judge to extend the deadline for vote reporting in his race against Republican Mike Caruso. Once again, the matter could be decided by a court.

Scott now holds a lead of just 12,600 votes over Nelson ahead of Thursday's deadline for the machine recount to be completed.

What makes this especially heinous is that almost all election experts agree that Scott has his race won, yet Scott is still spinning conspiracy theories about supposed "election fraud" which has been repudiated by his own election officials and state police.

Adding to the pressure: potential for multiple statewide races that must be recounted by hand. "This, from our perspective, seems to be a non-issue", Nordby, who represents Scott in his official capacity as governor and not as a candidate for the federal office, said during a telephone hearing.

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