Florida Officials Say No Concrete Allegation of Voter Fraud as Recounts Continue

Florida Officials Say No Concrete Allegation of Voter Fraud as Recounts Continue

Trump went on to allege that "new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged", and that ballots are "massively infected". He demanded that the election night results - which showed the Republicans leading based upon incomplete ballot counts - be used to determine the victor. Bill Nelson, who trails Gov.

A federal judge in the state invoked a well-known "Star Trek" episode during one Wednesday hearing to describe the snowballing suits.

Pressed on his fraud claim, Scott referred to a lawsuit Nelson has filed to reexamine ballots with signature issues. 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. "Non-citizens can not vote in USA elections". However, in his almost eight years as governor, Scott has only suspended or removed elected officials when they are charged with crimes.

Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers said she would grant an extension until November 20, after she concluded the county could not possibly meet the deadline with its eight machines.

Unless the machine recount uncovers some unexpected anomalies, the key moment will probably be the hand recount in Broward.

The Republican candidates for governor and Senate, Ron DeSantis and Scott, hold the narrowest of leads over their Democratic counterparts, Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson. This triggers an automatic recount since it's under the required half a percentage point, but it does not trigger a recount by hand. The closest race is for agriculture commissioner, where the Democrat, Nikki Fried, is ahead by 5,326 votes, a 0.06 percent lead against her Republican opponent, Matt Caldwell.

"We have the same standards to tabulate all of the ballots", Sancho said.

"Unfortunately it's not advancing the integrity of our electoral system", Pettis said.

Scott's administration also includes the Florida Department of State and its Division of Elections.

She said the president is confident Scott will win.

There remains plenty of uncertainty about the path forward.

Mr Trump called for an end to the recount even though state rules allow election officials to wait 10 days for absentee ballots submitted by registered voters living outside the United States, including active-duty military personnel.

The machine recount itself will be time-consuming.

In South Florida, dozens of workers keep feeding ballots into counting machines at the Broward and Palm Beach County elections centers. The Republicans have upbraided officials there for tallying ballots slowly and not providing enough transparency about their process.

A federal judge in Tallahassee is expected to decide Wednesday afternoon on Nelson's request that thousands of provisional and mail-in ballots rejected over apparent signature mismatches be counted.

In an interview, Snipes denied that she missed the noon deadline.

She says the machines "started overheating so as a result the tally types are not reconciling properly".

"Please pass the word to the FDP that they can't arbitrarily add their own deadline to your form or VBM cures!" Nelson is trying to steal the election through fraud, citing irregularities and failure to comply with the law in Broward County.

Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have grown beyond frustrated with the pace of the vote-counting, especially in heavily Democratic Broward County. Marco Rubio of Florida, have encouraged Americans to believe there's something rotten going on in Broward County.

Nordby said state law sets out a process to determine a replacement for the governor, and that process is ongoing. In 2016, she was accused of destroying physical ballots while saving digital copies during a lawsuit, a violation of a federal statute.

In all of those races, the changes were under 500 votes - far smaller than the margins in Florida's biggest races.

That assessment, which was first reported by the Miami Herald, jives with that given by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which said Friday it has also seen no allegations of fraud.

On Monday, the US President tweeted claims of fraud in Florida and demanded the state's contests should simply be called in favour of Republican candidates Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis.

But about two hours before she finished writing the order, Detzner's attorney filed their federal motion arguing that because Bonfiglio argues his USA constitutional rights under the Fifth and 14th Amendments were violated, the case should be heard in federal court.

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