Palm Beach forced to start over after voting machines overheat

Marsha Scott
November 15, 2018

A machine recount began over the weekend in the race between outgoing Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott and Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, with another recount underway for the Florida gubernatorial race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum. And Gov. Scott's lead over Sen. Bill Nelson by 12,562 votes, or less than 0.2 percent. "He's a contestant in this election and can't possibly be trusted to be a neutral, fair arbiter as the votes are tallied", Schumer said.

As the vote counts tightened last week, Murphy checked the Palm Beach County elections website and saw his mail-in vote was scrapped because of an invalid signature.

Broward County Florida Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes acknowledged there have been issues.

In its new lawsuits against Snipes and Bucher, Scott's campaign seeks to have authorities "impound and secure all voting machines, tallying devices, and ballots when not in use until such time as any recounts, election contests, or litigation related to the 2018 general election for the office of United States Senator are complete".

"I feel a little bit like Captain Kirk in the episode with the Tribbles where they start to multiply", said Judge Mark Walker.

The developments are fueling frustrations among Democrats and Republicans as the recount unfolds more than a week after Election Day. "What we're trying to do is make sure every lawful vote is counted". "He's doing this for the same reason he's been making false and panicked claims about voter fraud - he's anxious that when all the votes are counted he'll lose this election".

Attorneys for Scott told a federal judge Wednesday morning that Scott will recuse himself from the certification of the final election results in Florida. If true, that would be a violation of election law.

McConnell and other Republicans were nonchalant about Scott's presence in the Capitol. Though some voted as early as October, several voters either had their absentee ballots returned or received word that they were either delivered later than promised or lost altogether. The state has a compelling interest in bringing elections to an efficient close, after all, and if 66 out of 67 counties can meet a deadline, Bucher can too - or just stick with the original count. After Election Day, Trump's aides pointed to the GOP's seeming success in the state as a validation that the president's path to re-election remained clear - a narrative that has grown hazier as the outcomes have become less certain.

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"More fundamentally, altering a form in a matter that provides the incorrect date for a voter to cure a defect (or an incorrect method as it relates to provisional ballots) imposes a burden on the voter significant enough to frustrate the voter's ability to vote". Sometimes they go to their auto, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again.

Florida's election recount of its Senate and governor's races is chugging along as more irregularities are uncovered. State law mandates recounts in elections where margin of victory is within 0.5 percentage points.

Scott now leads Nelson by only 0.14 percent of the vote.

The deadline for officials to complete the machine-recount is Thursday. "We'll give it our best shot effort, but what we need to do is machine-recount all of our ballots".

Jim Bonfiglio, a Democrat running for the Legislature, filed the lawsuit asking that recount deadlines be suspended. "Since the order was not put in writing, it was not effective", said Bonfiglio, who trails Republican Mike Caruso by 37 votes.

Former Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy claimed in a tweet that his ballot had been among those disqualified for having an inconsistent signature.

"If I had a dollar for every time I've missed a graduation of one of my children, or a vacation or spring break" due to a judicial emergency, Walker said, "that alone would supplement my retirement".

Murphy, who was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2016, said he hoped to appeal, but learned the November 5 deadline had already passed.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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