“I will not stand idly by while unethical liberals try to steal an election,” Governor Rick Scott said at a press conference outside the Governor’s Mansion, as he slammed potential “rampant fraud” in the Florida race.
In their lawsuit against highly left Broward County election officials, Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) allege that officials there are hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted. Moreover, the official in charge of the recount illegally destroyed ballots in a 2016 congressional race.
In a parallel suit against Palm Beach County, the lawsuits expose the fact that the election supervisor there illegally used her own judgment to ‘determine voter intent’ when reviewing damaged or incorrectly filled-out absentee ballots, while refusing to allow impartial witnesses to monitor the process.
“Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes,” Scott told reporters. “By Wednesday morning, that lead dropped to 38,000. By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000. This morning, it was around 21,000. Now, it is 15,000.”
He continued, “On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast. At 1 a.m. today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on election day. At 2:30 p.m. today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day. And we just learned, that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on Election Day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night.
“So, it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed and Broward and Palm Beach Counties are still finding and counting ballots – and the Supervisors – Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher – cannot seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been,” Scott said.
A mandatory recount now appears imminent not only in Scott’s race, but also in the agricultural commissioner contest and Florida’s high-profile gubernatorial race based on new vote totals, although Andrew Gillum has already conceded.
Florida law requires a machine recount when an election is within 0.50 percentage points.
Speaking to “Hannity” Thursday night, Scott said, “We don’t know how many votes they’re gonna come up with. But it appears they’re going to try to come up with as many votes as it takes to win this election. … We’re gonna fight this, and we’re gonna win.”
Earlier in the evening, he was just as direct, saying, “No ragtag group of liberal activists or lawyers from D.C. will be allowed to steal this election from the voters in the state of Florida,” he said outside his residence.
“The NRSC specifically charges that Snipes is in violation of the Florida Constitution and the Florida Public Records Act. They demand an emergency hearing, as well as a court order requiring Snipes to turn over information about ballots in Broward County.”
Susan Butcher is even more blatant.
“Even more alarmingly,” Scott additionally claimed, Bucher “failed to allow the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board” to determine, as required by law.
Reports state, “The suit against Bucher demands an injunction requiring Bucher to make and compare duplicate copies of all damaged absentee ballots in the presence of Scott’s representatives, and to allow the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board to determine voters’ intent when counting those ballots.”
“Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes & submit timely results,” Rubio wrote. “Yet over 41 hours after polls closed #Broward elections office is still counting votes?”
“A U.S. Senate seat & a statewide cabinet officer are now potentially in the hands of an elections supervisor with a history of incompetence & of blatant violations of state & federal laws,” Rubio wrote, linking to a Miami Herald article describing several scandals that have gripped Broward County’s Elections Department.
Earlier this year, courts found that Snipes had illegally destroyed ballots in a 2016 congressional contest, which resulted in the secretary of state’s office supposedly assigning election monitors to supervise her.
“In 2016, Brenda Snipes’ office posted election results half an hour before polls closed – a violation of election law,” Scott said. “That same year, her office was sued for leaving amendments off of ballots. In 2014, Brenda Snipes’ fellow Democrats accused her of individual and systemic breakdowns that made it difficult for voters to cast regular ballots. All Floridians should be concerned about that.”
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, these two blue bins,circled in the attached picture,hold the ballots that remain to be counted in #BrowardCounty as of 4:20pm this afternoon. Almost 48 hours after the polls closed. pic.twitter.com/EJxJYxq9XG
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 8, 2018
Fox news reported, “Vote totals in several major races in the state are changing rapidly, on an irregular schedule and sometimes late into the evening.
“Scott was ahead of Nelson by roughly one-fourth of one percentage point as of Thursday morning, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The paper also said the agriculture commissioner candidates were separated by only 0.06 points.
“That race flipped in favor of the Democratic candidate on Thursday afternoon.
“Broward County reported that significantly more votes were received in the agriculture commissioner contest than the much higher-profile Senate election. An attorney for Nelson’s campaign suggested a computer error might explain that anomaly.
“In the closely watched gubernatorial race, DeSantis held a narrow 0.52-percentage-point edge over Gillum as of Thursday morning, extremely close to the 0.5 percent threshold needed to trigger a machine recount. Gillum has conceded the race, although his decision is nonbinding.
“But by Thursday afternoon, unofficial figures had DeSantis up by just 38,515 votes out of the more than 8 million cast — a lead of just 0.47 percent, low enough to trigger a mandatory recount, according to The Tallahassee Democrat. No recount has yet been announced by Florida’s secretary of state; the first unofficial vote count is expected to be verified Saturday.”
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told Fox News that Palm Beach is still counting about 2,000 mail-in ballots, where voters circled or highlighted (by drawing an arrow pointing at the candidate’s name) their choice, instead of filling in the appropriate bubbles. And apparently, almost all of them a democrat?
“#Broward election supervisors ongoing violation of #Florida law requiring timely reporting isn’t just annoying incompetence,” Rubio wrote. “It has opened the door for lawyers to come here & try to steal a seat in the U.S. Senate & Florida Cabinet.”
It seems there is nothing democrats won’t do.
Snipes said the state has told her office to prepare for up to three recounts, which would take place between Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.