Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Florida midterm election LEGAL ACTION demanded as Republican warns of FRAUD

Florida midterm election LEGAL ACTION demanded as Republican warns of FRAUD

In the race for the governor's mansion between former GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis and his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, DeSantis now leads Gillum 49.62 percent to 49.15 percent, a 0.47 percent margin - or 38,501 votes.

Florida law provides for automatic recounts when the margin of victory for the victor and runner-up for an office is equal to or less than 0.5 percent, according to Ballotpedia.org.

A third state-wide 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 483-vote lead - a margin of 0.006 percent.

If, after the machine recount, a 0.25 percent margin remains separating the candidates in their respective races, then a manual recount would be ordered with a November 18 deadline to ensure all overseas ballots are in and available to be counted. "Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported".

Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

All of Florida's ballots will now be recounted to see who has won the governor's race, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Marc Elias, attorney for the Nelson campaign, said Thursday that the race was far from over.

Scott said "unethical liberals" were trying to steal the election in Democratic strongholds of Broward and Palm Beach County.

The current results are bound to spark Florida's first statewide recounts since that historic battle between Bush and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore.

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".

Gillum is now trailing DeSantis 49.65 percent to 49.13 percent, a margin of.52 percent, according to the Florida Division of Elections website.

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

State officials said they can't extend the deadlines.

"We are going to ensure that every vote is counted", Freid tweeted last night.

In the meantime, Democratic Agricultural Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried has pulled ahead of seeming victor Matt Caldwell by just 582 votes.

"Every Floridian should be concerned there is rampant fraud in Broward and Palm Beach Counties", Scott said. "Florida voted for Rick Scott!".

Here's what will happen with those "under votes": All counties must submit their unofficial results to the state on Saturday. He had a race of his own for one of Florida's two seats in the U.S. Senate, challenging sitting Sen. But Abrams is refusing to concede, because thousands of absentee ballots have not yet been counted.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel said it analysed voting patterns and found that of Broward ballots already counted, 24,700 residents voted for a governor candidate but did not pick a candidate for Senate. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate", Elias said Thursday.

"I just recommend that people are patient and trust your supervisors and their staffs are doing their job as best they can", said Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley.

In the Senate contest, Scott's margin fell to 0.26 percent.

Chaos erupted outside at the Broward Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill when an impromptu protest appeared ahead of Friday's canvassing board review of 200 provisional ballots.

"The results of the 2018 Senate election are unknown and I think that you and the elections officials should treat it as such", Elias told reporters on a conference call.

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