Gov. Scott: Election officials trying to thwart will of Florida voters

Gov. Scott: Election officials trying to thwart will of Florida voters

Gov. Scott: Election officials trying to thwart will of Florida voters

The suit, filed in Palm Beach County, also accuses Bucher of keeping the county canvassing board from performing its duties.

In a conference call Thursday, Elias said, "We believe at the end of the day, Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor and is going to return to the United States Senate".

Nelson waited until Friday afternoon to respond to Scott's lawsuit.

A Broward County judge has ordered the immediate release of voter information sought by Florida Gov. Rick Scott from the county's supervisor of elections.

Lawyers for Snipes argued that requiring such a swift response would interfere with ongoing efforts to finish counting Broward County ballots.

Similar action has been taken in other states with signature match laws, most notably Georgia.

Another cluster of House races with votes still being counted could widen the Democrats' new majority, strengthening their hand to counter Trump's policies.

Scott on Thursday night said voters "should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening" in the two counties.

Trump later weighed in, tweeting Thursday evening: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach".

Scott holds a razor-thin lead over Nelson. Right now that's the case for the U.S. Senate race, as well as the contests for state agriculture commissioner and governor.

Nelson didn't concede defeat in Tuesday's election, even after Scott declared victory, and has called for a recount.

However, the Associated Press is reporting that Mr DeSantis has won the election.

In Florida when a race is close a candidate can not "call for a recount". Florida's secretary of state will verify the first unofficial count Saturday.

Zeckman said Friday that the lawsuit is asking the court "to overrule election officials and accept ballots that were not legally cast".

"The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency", Scott told reporters. The National Review reports that Brenda Snipes, the Broward County Board of Elections supervisor, has come under scrutiny for her handling of Tuesday's elections.

"The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately", McLaughlin said in a statement. There are early voting ballots, absentee ballots, overseas military ballots, provisional ballots, and, of course, the ballots cast on Election Day. But in Florida, where incumbent Democratic Sen.

Nelson's attorney Marc Elias, who has been involved in recounts across the country and has become a target of Republicans claiming Democrats are trying to "steal" the election, made the comment as ballots continued to be counted in Scott's bid to unseat Nelson. He's asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. Bill Nelson appears headed for a recount.

Machine recounts must be completed by 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Scott accused Broward and Palm Beach county election officials of fraud, but offered no evidence beyond procedural errors and Scott's dwindling vote margin.

US President Donald Trump commented on the ongoing election chaos in Florida and Georgia Friday morning, accusing Democrats of voter fraud and jokingly pointing to Russian Federation for meddling in the midterms.

In the governor's race, Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, conceded on Tuesday night. Gillum's deficit, meanwhile, fell to 38,000, or 0.47 percent, which is under the 0.5 percent threshold that triggers an automatic machine recount, under state law. Florida law says any race within a 0.5 percent margin must go to a recount, and as of 9 a.m. Friday, Nelson trailed Scott by 0.18 percent.

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