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Scott Camp Blasts Palm Beach Supervisor for Defying Court Order

12 November 2018

Trump also continued pushing the GOP conspiracy that local Florida elections officials - specifically in Democratic-leaning Broward County - are committing electoral fraud by miscounting or making up votes in order to swing the election for Democratic Sen.

Schutz Zeckman also alluded to the mystery of tens of thousands of ballots being discovered in Broward and Palm Beach counties after Election Day, a matter that is not addressed in Nelson's federal lawsuit.

The bipartisan group of protestors shows the tensions surrounding the issue, and voters are hoping to find answers from a largely uncooperative elections office.

The accusations and lawsuits in the political battleground of Florida conjured memories of the state's 2000 presidential recount, when the victor of the White House hung in the balance for weeks before the US Supreme Court stopped the counting and Republican George W. Bush triumphed over Democrat Al Gore. Schultz won re-election, defeating Canova by less than 7,000 votes.

Another cluster of House races with votes still being counted could widen the Democrats' new majority, strengthening their hand to counter Trump's policies.

Gillum, who is trying become Florida's first African-American governor, told reporters his team has organized a cadre of hundreds of volunteers and lawyers to move across the state and fight against voter suppression and for a fair count.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is not actively investigating any matters related to Tuesday's election, a department spokesperson said Friday, after it was informed by the Florida Department of State that there have been no allegations of criminal activity.

As of Friday, Kemp had received 50.3 percent of the vote, or 1,979,913 votes. Democrat Andrew Gillum has also gained ground on Republican Ron DeSantis in the governor's race.

"The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency", Scott told reporters.

In Florida, an automatic recount will be triggered if the difference in vote totals between two candidates is 0.5 percent or less.

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Earlier Friday, Nelson lawyer Marc Elias criticized Scott for suggesting that he might get the state government involved. Bill Nelson appears headed for a recount.

Elias said the practice leads to a "complete lack of uniformity" in how ballots are judged.

On election night, Republican Matt Caldwell led Democrat Nikki Fried by about 12,000 votes, about 0.16 percentage point, however, as provisional, absentee, military and overseas ballots continue to come in that margin is narrowing.

The situation in Florida is reminiscent of the 2000 presidential election, where the result was uncertain for five weeks before Republican George W Bush was finally judged the victor over Democrat Al Gore.

In Arizona's ongoing Senate race, contested by two USA congresswomen, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's lead over Republican Martha McSally had widened by Saturday evening to about 23,900 votes, or 1.17 percent.

Meanwhile, Nelson's campaign filed suit against the state over its process for validating vote-by-mail ballots.

Rick Scott called for an investigation into what he called vote counting fraud in Broward and Palm Beach counties, but no investigation has begun.

Nelson's campaign said Scott's claims were simply a stunt.

Gillum initially conceded the race on election night, but as the voting results narrowed, he asked that every vote be counted.

DeSantis has said little about the recount and is instead proceeding as if he won the election, appointing a transition team and preparing to take office in January.

Scott Camp Blasts Palm Beach Supervisor for Defying Court Order