Here's a timeline for a Florida voting recount

Marsha Scott
November 9, 2018

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D.) conceded the Florida gubernatorial election Tuesday night, but his campaign is now rescinding that decision to allow more ballots to be counted.

In a statement Thursday, Gillum's campaign says it underestimated the ballots that still needed to be counted when he conceded.

The campaign for Andrew Gillum announced Thursday it was bringing on Barry Richard, a lawyer who worked on the Florida recount in 2000, to handle operations for a possible statewide recount.

Florida law mandates that races where unofficial results show a margin of 0.5 percent or less will be subject to a machine recount, ordered by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

These ballots are the last to be counted and are verified by county canvassing boards. If the margin of victory is equal or less than 0.5 percent, state law requires a machine to recount the votes.

In the Senate race, Scott clung to a 21,986-vote lead, or a difference of 0.27 percentage points.

If, after the recount, the vote margin is.25 percent or less, then a manual recount is conducted statewide.

In the meantime, Democratic Agricultural Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried has pulled ahead of seeming victor Matt Caldwell by just 582 votes.

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

"We are asking that every single vote be counted", Gillum said. Both are lawyering up and demanding voter information from county election officials as a major recount battle gets underway in Florida.

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Before then, election canvassing boards in each county will review provisional ballots to determine if they are valid.

Democrats in three statewide races narrowed their deficits to Republican opponents as more ballots were counted Thursday, potentially setting up a lengthy recount process.

November 15 - Vote totals from the machine recounts are due by 3 p.m.

In the Senate race, under votes are ballots in which optical-scanning machines counted a vote for a down-ballot race such as governor or attorney general but not for senator.

That information has to be presented to the voter's county supervisor of elections office by 5 p.m. today. Florida's 67 elections supervisors must send their unofficial numbers to the state by 1 p.m. Saturday, and campaign volunteers were scrambled around the state Thursday as supervisors prepared to examine provisional ballots cast by voters with unresolved issues at their polling places.

The Republican Party had no immediate response to the developments, but Mr. Scott's campaign said bluntly that Mr. Elias was launching an effort to steal the election. Between provisional and other late ballots, it might be this weekend before results are in.

It's unknown how many provisional ballots have been cast statewide in Florida this year.

At the same time, the U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott remained too close to call, and Nelson's elections lawyer predicted it would be a "jump ball" as it became more likely there would be a recount in that race.

Rick Scott, who has said the results in his U.S. Senate race was made final when he declared victory on Tuesday, said in a statement on Thursday that it's "sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken". "The margin may change by a couple thousand, but it's not going to change the outcome of the election".

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