Bill Nelson Florida 'Emergency Recount Fund' to pay for legal action


Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes was being sued by Florida Gov. Rick Scott's senate campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee for alleged "incompetence" because she has not formally announced how many votes were left to count.

Nelson's campaign asserted that Scott was overstepping his bounds. Scott accused Nelson of bringing in an attorney to "try to steal the election and try to thwart the will of the voters of Florida".

"This race is over", Scott spokesman Chris Hartline said Wednesday.

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. The initial count of votes has not yet been completed, as ballots in these populous, Democratic-leaning counties are still being counted.

On Friday, West Palm Beach Circuit Court Judge Krista Marx granted an injunction ordering Bucher to submit "over-voted" and "under-voted" absentee ballots to the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board for public review of each vote before they are counted.

But 22,000 votes still need counting in the tight race between Mr Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams - who has not yet conceded. During a press conference Thursday night, Scott said, "The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency, and the supervisors are failing to give it to us".

With Democratic lawyers descending on Florida in the aftermath of another excruciatingly close election, incumbent Sen.

In Georgia the Republican candidate for governor, Brian Kemp, has claimed victory over Democrat Stacey Abrams.

There were two recounts in local races afterwards.

Scott had declared victory during an election party in his home town of Naples late Tuesday when near-total results showed a thin lead, saying the campaign had been "divisive and tough" but that he vowed to change the direction of Washington D.C. It now says vote-by-mail ballots are completely reported. At the time, the state lacked uniform rules for how to proceed.

Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes said she didn't know how many ballots remain to be counted, but all were being processed.

Nikki Fried leads Matt Caldwell by just 575 votes, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

"Every couple of hours, it goes down a little bit", Trump said of Scott's lead.

With only about 15,000 votes separating U.S. Sen. He's asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate.

"It is not appropriate for the governor of any state to suggest that he's going to use the power of the state to interject", Elias said.

The Florida Secretary of State has not ordered a recount, and his office said that would not happen until canvassing boards return their unofficial returns on November 10.

He said that by 4 p.m. Friday, 52 of the state's 67 counties have already provided their returns to the state. Democrat Andrew Gillum trails Republican Ron DeSantis by less than half a percentage point, with some votes still to be counted.

"The recounts will be nationally watched", Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner told county elections supervisors Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.