The five-day sprint to run ballots in Florida through counting machines for a second time ended Thursday, with the state ordering a manual recount of results in the U.S. Senate race, where about 12,600 votes separated Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson from Republican Rick Scott, the state’s governor. No such measure was ordered in the governor’s race, where former congressman Ron DeSantis ® held an edge over Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D).
Palm Beach County’s election supervisor said less than an hour before the 3 p.m. deadline that they would not finish the machine recount in any of three statewide races still in question and would move on to the manual recount at 4 p.m. The county’s results from election night will be added to the recount results from other counties.
The manual recount expected in the Senate race would begin at 7 a.m. Friday.
There will be 100 tables set up with two election workers, two campaign representatives and two party representatives at each, according to instructions distributed by election officials. Only the election workers are allowed to handle ballots, while wearing gloves.
The recount is scheduled for 11-hour days Friday and Saturday, with two 30-minute breaks each day. The deadline is noon Sunday.
Where’s the fire? I assume the Sunday deadline is to comply with a state law, but, really, we’ve got to change these laws. I can see no persuasive reason to rush a recount – the Senate doesn’t even convene until January 3.
It’s totally outrageous that Palm Beach county did not complete its machine recount in any of the three races it was ordered to process. This is a travesty.
The article also covers important legal disputes that could be crucial to the outcome of the vote count, but I didn’t include them because they’re difficult to sum up in a few words – if you’re following this recount closely, you’ll want to check out the full article.