Florida Recounts: Scott to Recuse Himself From Certification

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The machine recount was triggered in Gillum's gubernatorial race against his GOP opponent, Ron DeSantis, as well as in the U.S. Senate race between Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.

Scott's motion was supported by lawyers representing the state Republican Party and opposed by Snipes' office, Nelson's campaign and the state Democratic Party. That list includes President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott.

President Trump tweeted Tuesday: "When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida?". Schumer said of Scott: "He's a contestant in this election and can't possibly be trusted to be a neutral and fair arbiter as the votes are tallied". The backdrop to all this is that by Thursday, 700,000 ballots need to be recounted in Broward County and 600,000 in Palm Beach County.

The malfunctions resulted in the loss of more than a day's work.

"Scott's lawsuit against the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections says observers are being forced to watch the recount ".in a separate room, separated by glass and without the ability to hear what is transpiring in the recount room". The forms, which are used to fix problems with mail-in ballots, told voters they had until 5 p.m. November 8 to resolve issues, according to emails released by the Department of State on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, citing a well-known "Star Trek" episode, said during a hearing Wednesday that "I feel a little bit like Captain Kirk in the episode with the Tribbles where they start to multiply".

Election workers sort ballots at the Broward Supervisor of Elections office as the Florida midterms recount continues. "If we make mistakes, we own them". Scott would normally sit on the panel, but he recused himself Wednesday.

Mr Trump had previously accused Democrats of trying to "steal" the elections in Florida. Republicans have responded by contending that Democrats want to bend or skirt existing election laws to alter the outcome.

The Washington Post reported that Scott planned to attend new senator orientation activities in Washington, D.C.

McConnell and other Republicans were nonchalant about Scott's presence in the Capitol. Those lawsuits focus on issues such as which ballots can be counted, when ballots have to be received by elections supervisors, the manner in which ballots are determined to be legitimate and whether deadlines for recounts should be postponed.

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He said these "kinds of error and mishaps" are troubling in a state like Florida with a history of close elections.

It's not clear, however, if Gievers' ruling will remain in place.

In South Florida, dozens of workers keep feeding ballots into counting machines at the Broward and Palm Beach County elections centers. Much like feeding documents into photocopiers, they've been placing stacks into feeders that run through several ballots per second. Sometimes they go to their auto, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again.

The recounts would determine Nelson's race, the governor's race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, the race for agriculture and consumer services commissioner and a handful of state Congressional races.

CNN has not projected a victor in the race, but Scott led Nelson by fewer than 13,000 votes in unofficial results before the recount started.

Scott now leads Nelson by only 0.14 percent of the vote.

Once the machine recount is complete, a hand recount will be ordered in any race where the difference is 0.25 percentage points or less, meaning it could take even longer to complete the review of the Senate race if the difference remains narrow. During the initial recount, the machines set aside any ballots that can not be tallied.

Meanwhile, Nelson and his campaign are back in federal court, asking a judge to push back the deadline for a potential hand recount in the Senate race.

Snipes' office was the target of a lawsuit from Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott, and a judge ruled that the county violated the constitution in how they dealt with public records. Lawyers for Democrats are including in the evidence testimony from former Florida U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy.