Florida is headed for recounts in 3 statewide races. The election has been marred by legal challenges and accusations of fraud.
In a sign of the heated battles to come, the three-member Broward County Canvassing Board on Saturday slogged through one ballot at a time, trying to determine if each voter was eligible and which candidates were favored — while fielding arguments from Democratic and Republican attorneys.
Its official: Floridas high-profile races for US Senate and governor will head to a recount
Mr Kemp declared victory on Wednesday with a narrow lead but campaign officials for Ms Abrams have started a legal challenge to ensure all votes are counted.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow the race for governor played out in the run-up to the vote After the recount was announced, Mr Gillum said: "I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote."
Mr Scott, who claimed victory on Tuesday, is suing officials over an election recount, while Mr Nelson is suing over uncounted ballots - and there have also been a number of protests outside the elections office.
The department, which oversees elections, had sent two monitors to observe Tuesday’s vote in Broward as the result of a lawsuit over the mishandling of ballots in a 2016 congressional race.
In Broward and Palm Beach counties Saturday morning, attorneys from both parties quibbled over ballots in which the intent or eligibility of the voter was in doubt as the minutes ticked toward a noon deadline for counties to submit unofficial vote totals to the state.
Florida’s recount in three statewide races is already conjuring up images of the 2000 presidential election with legal skirmishes, chanting protesters and a possible ballot design issue that could potentially cost a candidate thousands of votes.
“During the Florida 2000 election, Florida voters in Palm Beach County tried to argue that the confusing ballot design — the butterfly ballot — led them to vote for the wrong candidate for president,” he said.
Three statewide contests in Florida — including the closely watched Senate race — headed for history-making recounts, election officials confirmed Saturday, with the lead by Gov. Rick Scott (R) over Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in the marquee contest shrinking to 12,562 votes out of nearly 8.2 million cast.
In the race for Florida's Senate seat, unofficial results revealed a gap of just 0.15% between the votes for incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson and Mr Scott.
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Florida’s counties will conduct machine recounts in the races for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner.
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Image copyright EPA Image caption Demonstrators had earlier gathered outside Florida's elections office to demand a recount Florida has ordered a machine recount of votes for state governor and senator following Tuesday's closely fought mid-term elections, officials say.
The governor, who has also raised allegations of fraud, used his bully pulpit Saturday to encourage Florida sheriffs to keep an eye out for any violations of election laws.
Florida’s Sheriffs selflessly serve our communities and are dedicated to protecting the safety and rights of all Floridians. I am urging every Sheriff in the State of Florida to watch for any violations during the recount process as outlined in Florida law
With the margins in the Senate and governor’s race, it is not likely Nelson or Gillum will move into the lead, said Edward B. Foley, director of the election law program at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law.
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If that’s the case, Nelson won’t have a legal path to recoup votes that were never cast, said Richard Hasen, an expert on election law at the University of California, Irvine.
There is no evidence of voter fraud. None. Democrat @RepTedDeutch tells @ChrisCuomo, speaking about the still undecided race for Floridas governorship. [W]e want every vote counted, however we come out.
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