“But the whole situation in Florida also feels like a repeat of past political upheaval. That’s thanks to Broward County.
For decades, the county has regularly been a hot zone for election night chaos in both statewide and national races, including the infamous 2000 presidential election. Years of problems have only slapped additional coats of paint on the county’s sordid reputation as a black hole for ballots. Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes, the target of Scott’s legal action, has been accused in recent years of illegally destroying ballots and mismanagement..
As The Washington Post reported Thursday, Florida election officials have until Saturday to tally votes to determine whether both the Senate and gubernatorial race will head to a recount. But Snipes on Thursday fueled the latest Broward controversy — and conspiracy theories — when she failed to explain how long her office’s count would take.
“The #Broward Elections Supervisor has been pulling stunts like this for years and we’re not going to let her get away with it,” GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted Thursday. “#Broward election supervisors ongoing violation of #Florida law requiring timely reporting isn’t just annoying incompetence,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Twitter. “It has opened the door for lawyers to come here & try to steal a seat in the U.S. Senate & Florida Cabinet.”
A Florida teacher accidentally stumbled upon a locked box of ballots two days after Tuesday’s elections — and no one knows if the ballots were used.
Lakeisha Sorey, a teacher at Sunshine Elementary School in Miramar, told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel that she found the gray bin, marked “Provisional Ballot Box,” Thursday in the same area where voters lined up two days earlier to cast their votes. Provisional ballots are used in questions of a voter’s eligibility, including a lack of photo identification where required or incorrect information is provided on the registration.
“I didn’t want to touch it,” Sorey said.
So she called her friend, State Rep. Shevrin Jones, for advice. Jones, in turn, called the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office, where a woman told him the ballots were probably blank, despite the box being locked.
“I was shocked about it,” he told the newspaper. “I don’t think you’d lock up extra ballot paper. I’m hoping someone will at least go verify and make sure there are no ballots inside the box.”
A few ballots could go a long way in Florida, where the races for both governor and Senate are fast approaching recount territory.
“Republicans, confident both Nelson and Gillum will lose, have grown clearly annoyed with the process.
“It would be one thing if it were 3,000 or 5,000 votes — but 20,000? Come on,” said a Republican official in Florida. “This is a waste of time and it is because they can’t come to grips with the fact that they lost.”
But Democrats got a boost on Thursday when late-added votes flipped the leader in the race for Florida agriculture commissioner.
Nikki Fried, the Democratic candidate, has taken a small lead over state Rep. Matt Caldwell, the Republican candidate. Caldwell, a close ally of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, appeared to be victorious on election night.
However, as the vote continued to trickle in, Caldwell’s lead shrunk, and two days after the election, Fried has nosed ahead by just over 500 votes.
This race, like the gubernatorial and Senate races, is certainly headed to a recount.”
“Over 100 provisional ballots were rejected in Miami-Dade County on Thursday after election officials said that those people showed up to vote a second time in the same election, according to a local media reporter.
The news comes as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) claimed earlier in the day that the Democrats and Florida election officials with questionable records were trying to “steal” the election in Broward County, which is just north of Miami-Dade County.”
Miami-Dade County is one of the bluest counties in the state of Florida, as nearly two-thirds of the county voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
“Stream of aggressive red stamping at Miami-Dade canvassing board as panel rejects provisional ballots from 108 people who showed up to vote a second time in the same election,” Miami Herald reporter Doug Hanks said