Judge rules in Gov. Scott's favor against Broward elections official

Marco Rubio: Democrats Are Trying to Steal Florida Senate Race by Counting All the Votes

Matt Gates (F-FL) speaks with the media during a protest at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office.

Broward was at the heart of Florida's bitter legal brawls in 2000. And no angry mobs in suits at least not yet.

As more votes have been counted in the days following the election, and as the Senate race between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson looks as though it will be headed to an automatic recount, the gubernatorial race has similarly tightened.

'Ready for any outcome' Scott's lawsuits alleged a lack of transparency over the counting process and asked that further details be made public, as his lead continued to shrink to around 15,000 votes. In neighboring Georgia, the Democratic candidate for governor initiated legal action to ensure all votes were counted in her contest. If the margin is within 0.25 per cent, as it stood in the Senate race, a hand recount - slower and more thorough than by machine - is ordered.

A recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is less than 0.5 percentage points when the first unofficial count is verified Saturday by Florida's secretary of state.

A recount appeared possible in the neck-and-neck race that still had outstanding provisional and absentee ballots. Earlier Friday, Nelson lawyer Marc Elias criticized Scott for suggesting that he might get the state government involved.

"What's going on in Florida is a disgrace", he said.

"Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward Counties". However, a spokeswoman for the agency said there were no credible allegations of fraud; therefore, no active investigation. Nelson filed his own federal lawsuit Friday, seeking to postpone the Saturday deadline to submit unofficial election results. A state judge sided with Scott on Friday, ordering that Republicans be granted access to requested information about ballots.

"Bad things are going on in Broward Country, really bad things", Mr Trump added, referring to a Democrat-heavy county where officials were slowly counting votes including absentee and provisional ballots. Lawyers from the campaigns, journalists and citizens crowded into a room to observe.

Some are saying at this point the under votes are the result of poor ballot design, but Elias disagrees, saying the design itself could never cause a deficit that large.

The lawyer representing U.S. Sen. Elias dismissed this possibility and said the scanners that read the ballots may have misread some and the issue would be resolved when they are re-calibrated for a recount.

"I am the senator-elect in this state", Scott told Hannity.

"Clearly, Rick Scott is trying to stop all the votes from being counted and he's impeding the democratic process".

The recount will be closely watched as Democrats commonly voice concerns that Republicans are trying to discard legitimate votes, while Republicans commonly worry that Democrats are trying to sneak in illegal votes.

A third statewide race that could go to a recount the agriculture commissioner race between Democrat Nikki Fried and Republican Matt Caldwell _ is the tightest of all, with Fried holding a 3,120-vote lead a margin of 0.039 per cent.

"Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach", he tweeted. "Not 'fair election, ' not 'Make sure all the ballots are cast, ' [but instead] 'I'm here to win this election'". Analysts later said the new redesign may have confused voters and probably cost Gore votes.

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