Palm Beach, Broward judges side with Scott

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On Friday, West Palm Beach Circuit Court Judge Krista Marx granted an injunction ordering Bucher to submit "over-voted" and "under-voted" absentee ballots to the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board for public review of each vote before they are counted.

Department spokeswoman Gretl Pelssinger said Friday that the agency is working with the Department of State and will investigate any allegations of elections fraud, but right now there are no such allegations.

"Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach", Trump tweeted on Thursday.

By law, any race with a lead of 0.5 percent or less triggers a mandatory machine recount.

Scott's campaign manager Jackie Schutz Zeckman shot back: "They aim to disenfranchise law abiding Florida voters by producing ballots out of thin air until they have enough to win".

A lawyer for Nelson criticized Scott for using his official position to try to influence ballot counting. Overnight Thursday for instance, the lead swapped in the Senate race in Arizona, with Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema pulling slightly ahead of Republican Martha McSally.

Nelson and the Florida Democratic Party are suing to prevent elections officials statewide from throwing out mail-in votes and provisional ballots.

Following emergency court hearings Friday, district judges ordered the Democratic supervisors of elections - Susan Bucher in Palm Beach; Brenda Spikes in Broward - to open up their process, which had unfolded for days in relative secrecy.

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"The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately", he said.

Nelson campaign lawyer Elias said in a conference call with reporters that making sure every vote is counted "is a feature, not flaw, of our democratic system". With a U.S. Senate race on the line, one might think this deserves a somewhat believable explanation.

"Rick Scott, who won by ― you know, it was close, but he won by a comfortable margin ― every couple of hours it goes down a little bit", Trump said before boarding Marine One to start his weekend trip to France. The machine recount could begin that same day, with the results due by November 15. These newly discovered ballots have been "breaking nearly 3-to-1 in favor of Democrats", narrowing the margin between these two candidates to likely force a recount after Saturday's noon deadline requiring all counties to turn over election results to the state Division of Elections.

President Trump on Friday blamed Florida's potential recount in its gubernatorial and Senate races on a "woman" with a "horrible history " - as he slammed the Sunshine State's Election Day debacle as a "disgrace".

Many networks called Florida's Senate and Governor seats for Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis late Tuesday night.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count". If the difference is 0.25 percent or less, state law requires a hand recount, which would address the issues of the undervote that Elias believes will be a key in the recount.

When another journalist asked about the Florida race, Trump lit into the subject, telling us about "bad things" that have gone on in Broward County, Florida, the place where votes are being counted in a Senate race between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Bill Nelson. Scott, the state's outgoing governor, held a 0.21 percentage lead over Nelson on Thursday afternoon.

Florida is the definitive swing state in US politics, and it's not uncommon for major statewide races to be decided by the narrowest of margins.

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