Overheating tallying machines complicate Florida recount battle; Senate, governor races undecided

Florida Senate race Bill Nelson and Rick Scott head to recount

Florida Senate race Bill Nelson and Rick Scott head to recount

"I think I have served the objective that I came here for, which was to provide a credible election product for our voters".

It's unclear whether one of Florida's largest counties will meet a recount deadline of Thursday. after their machines malfunctioned.

Recounts are underway in Florida in close races for senate and governor. Even Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who has accused President Trump and Scott of lying on his show, said Tuesday that Snipes has "been doing a great job in screwing up people's votes". "Sometimes they go to their vehicle, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again".

In Palm Beach, Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher said the county's 11-year-old tallying machines aren't fast enough to complete the recount by Thursday.

The state elections department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, both run by Republican appointees, have said they have seen no evidence of voter fraud.

Adding to the fray, a top attorney at the Florida Department of State sent a letter last week asking federal prosecutors to investigate whether Democrats distributed false information that could have resulted in voters having mail-in ballots disqualified. "Whether we are wide awake or exhausted, we have plenty of errors in our elections", Walker said after Mohammad Jazil, a lawyer for Florida's secretary of state, suggested that a prolonged recount would mean more errors because election officials would be exhausted. After mechanical issues Tuesday, Palm Beach County had to restart its recount.

Around 85 ballots have been damaged during the recount process causing them to be unreadable by the tabulation machines.

"They try to shame everybody by calling them racist, or calling them something, anything they can think of, when you say you want voter ID".

The heated contest is the subject of several federal lawsuits filed in recent days by Nelson and Democratic organizations. But two of the pending four lawsuits ask that a federal judge delay the deadlines so that all counties can finish processing the crush of ballots. "That's what Bill believes, that's what I believe", Schumer said.

Democrats have urged state officials to do whatever it takes to make sure every vote is counted.

He also alleged rampant fraud by Democratic county officials.

Snipes, a Democrat, has been the target of repeated and direct attacks from Republicans throughout the Sunshine State as Florida's Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner races are recounted following the midterm elections earlier this month. The 2000 Bush v. Gore recount and subsequent legal battle that ended in the Supreme Court was mentioned throughout the hearing, often in a somewhat joking matter. He stood at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's left shoulder Wednesday when the Kentucky Republican welcomed GOP senators who will take their seats in January when the new Congress is sworn in.

The Florida recount effort has attracted national attention, as there's still the chance the additional votes could change the original outcome.

During a brief photo op in McConnell's Capitol office, Scott did not reply to a question about whether he contends there was fraud in the election.

After the machine recounts, races with margins of 0.25 percent or less will go to manual recounts.

Speaking to "Fox News Sunday", Scott's comments marked a significant escalation of his rhetoric against Nelson, just days after he filed two bombshell lawsuits against election officials in two Democratic strongholds in Florida and flagged them for engaging in potentially "rampant fraud". In the governor's contest, unofficial results showed DeSantis ahead of Gillum by 0.41 percentage points. Another had to restart its recount after getting about a quarter finished because someone forgot to push a button.

A hand count of ballots showing overvotes or undervotes is expected to begin at 6 a.m. Friday, D'Alessandro said. Lawyers for Democrats are including in the evidence testimony from former Florida U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw testified, according to local station WPTV, that "he has multiple deputies in the front and back of the tabulation center in Riviera Beach, and one deputy at the Supervisor of Elections Office on Military Trail".

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