Florida braces for recounts in gubernatorial and Senate races

A sign directs voters to a new polling location where Hurricane Michael destroyed many schools and other buildings used as polling stations in the area in Lynn Haven Florida U.S

A sign directs voters to a new polling location where Hurricane Michael destroyed many schools and other buildings used as polling stations in the area in Lynn Haven Florida U.S

Gillum already conceded the race on Tuesday night, but he tweeted Thursday night after Scott announced his lawsuits against the two elections supervisors.

Florida law mandates machine recounts if the winning margin is 0.5 percent or less. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). The margin of victory in that race has narrowed to 0.22 percent, which places it in manual recount territory.

Florida's governor's race also looks headed to a mandatory recount, as the votes that have trickled in this week have also pushed the race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum under the 0.5 percent threshold.

Gillum is "ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount", she added. Bill Nelson's reelection campaign - say there are still tens of thousands of as of yet uncounted ballots in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, all of which are left-leaning. DeSantis now leads Gillum by almost 40,000 votes.

"Under votes" are likely to become rarer in the future as more counties switch to EViD operating systems, which let poll workers verify voters' information electronically when checking them in to vote.

Recounts usually don't shift enough votes to change the apparent victor.

"The recounts will be nationally watched", Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner told county elections supervisors Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Also on Thursday, canvassing boards will meet to approve or revoke provisional ballots.

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It continued, "Mayor Gillum started his campaign for the people, and we are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted".

In a statement from Nelson's office, the longtime incumbent said Scott prematurely declared victory in the race based on a Fox News report. Specifically, an aberrant percentage of voters in Broward County marked their ballots for gubernatorial candidates - but left the Senate ballot-line blank. Florida voters fill in paper ballots by hand using a pen and no longer cast the punch-card ballots that produced the infamous "hanging chads" in the 2000 presidential election.

Broward County lags the rest of the state in completing the first, crucial phases of counting ballots from Tuesday's midterm election.

"For Bill Nelson - the task is getting the "win" ... no matter what", a statement from Mr. Scott's camp read. Gillum told supporters on Tuesday that he talked to DeSantis and "congratulated him on what we expect will be him as the next governor of the great state of Florida".

"All of a sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere", Trump said of the Senate race. "We believe that at the end of this process that Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor". The results of all Florida votes must be certified by noon Saturday by the secretary of state, who has the authority to order recounts.

Only four of 67 counties in Florida use digital voting without a paper audit trail.

Whitney Quesenbery, a ballot expert and co-director of the Center for Civic Design, which seeks to implement best design practices for ballots, said Broward's ballot design could have caused some voters to skip over the race. After its 2000 debacle, the state shifted to electronic voting machines, but later changed again to optical-scan paper ballots, the most reliable technology.

While that might appear to augur well for Nelson's chances, there's no guarantee how many, if any, of those ballots will actually turn into votes, even if the voters who cast them meant to vote for Nelson, said Ned Foley an Ohio State law professor and author of "Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States".

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