Recount Begins in Florida As Trump Accuses Officials Of Trying To Steal Election
The machine recount was confirmed Saturday evening by officials
A massive recount of ballots by Miami-Dade County elections officials have started after Neon Nettle reported the rejection of 108 ballots from voters who turned up to pollings stations to vote a second time.
The machine recount was confirmed Saturday evening by officials from the county’s elections office, meaning they will load paper ballots into scanning machines.
According to various reports, the recount could take days with 800,000 ballots to cast.
Governor Rick Scott announced on Friday that 15,000 new votes were discovered in Palm Beach County, that had not been accounted for.
An additional 78,840 election votes have also been counted since polls closed in Broward County, according to WFTS-TV.
According to the DM: The unofficial results show that Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis led Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by less than 0.5 percentage points, which will require a machine recount of ballots.
In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is less than 0.25 percentage points, which will re
The Florida secretary of state earlier Saturday ordered the recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races, an unprecedented review of two major races in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election.
The recount comes after Gillum, who was trailing his Republican rival, former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, by just 0.41 percentage points, tweeted Saturday: 'I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call we count every single vote.'
A U.S. Senate seat & a statewide cabinet officer are now potentially in the hands of an elections supervisor with a history of incompetence & of blatant violations of state & federal laws.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 8, 2018
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It's a reversal of his concession speech on election night when the candidate had told supporters in Tallahassee: 'We recognize that we didn't win this tonight.'
Secretary Ken Detzner issued the recount order on Saturday because the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin that by law triggers a recount.
The unofficial results show that Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis led Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by .41 percentage points.
In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott's leads over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson by .15 percentage points.
Detzner also ordered a recount for Florida's Agriculture Commissioner race where Democratic Nikki Fried stands .06 percentage points above Republican Matt Caldwell.
All three races will undergo machine recounts with results due no later than 3 pm on Thursday, November 15 to the Florida Department of State.