Scott Prevails, Judge Orders Broward Election Official to Immediately Release Records


Scott, aided by other Republicans including President Trump, have accused the elections supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties of violating state law by withholding information about ballot counts as the Senate race remains too close to call.

Razor-thin margins in Florida's bitter races for the U.S. Senate and governor are raising the possibility of recounts, potentially prolonging two of the most closely watched contests of the nation's midterm elections.

Mohammed Jazil, who is representing Secretary Ken Detzner, said in a hearing Friday that by changing the noon deadline, it would cause problems with the counties that have already submitted their unofficial returns.

About 60 Republican protesters demonstrated outside Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes' office on Friday, chanting, "We want answers, Brenda Snipes!"

After the leads by Republican candidates began to shrink to levels that could force recounts, the president on Friday joined in the partisan attack against Snipes, tweeting in part that Broward County has "miraculously started finding Democrat votes".

"This is a feature, not a flaw", Elias said of the ongoing counting of provisional and absentee ballots.

"There are a significant number of ballots that have not yet been counted", Elias said.

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

The state conducts an electronic recount when the margin falls below 0.5 per cent.

State Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips ruled in Governor Rick Scott's favor over his lawsuit, saying there has been a violation of Florida constitution by not turning over requested records.

"We can not allow over eight million votes throughout Florida to be undermined because you have someone who is either too stupid or too corrupt to do their job and report the votes on time", he said. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), pointed the finger at Broward County, which has had a long history of mishandling elections.

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

Most of the focus had turned to Broward County, a Democratic South Florida stronghold that, mysteriously, according to critics, was still tallying early-voting and mail-in ballots on Thursday.

Scott has a narrow lead over incumbent Democratic Sen.

Scott also said Palm Beach County officials refused to provide information on the ballot count, and were illegally denying party officials access to the ballot counting areas.

"Bill Nelson's entire campaign has been a fraud".

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who is also the mayor of Tallahassee, had conceded defeat to his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis late Tuesday night. Bill Nelson appears headed for a recount.

Broward County officials were simply taking deliberative steps to count all ballots, including absentee and provisional ones, he said. "Nelson will be the victor of this election at the end of this process and we must see it through to the end".

Snipes is in the crosshairs after the vote counting from Tuesday's election has taken days to complete. But as votes continued to be counted and DeSantis' lead shrank to less than half of a percentage point, Gillum stated demanding a recount.