Florida Vote Scandal Coverage Shows Media-Democrat Complicity. Again

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If the signature on the ballot envelope doesn't match state records, the vote is rejected. The initial count of votes has not yet been completed, as ballots in these populous, Democratic-leaning counties are still being counted. During a press conference Thursday night, Scott said, "The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency, and the supervisors are failing to give it to us". Trump tweets: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach".

At 5 a.m., Scott held only a 38,717-vote lead over Nelson.

Under Florida law, a 0.5 percent margin in an election automatically triggers a machine recount, while a 0.25 percent margin automatically triggers a manual recount, or recount by hand.

Scott says "unethical liberals" are trying to steal the election.

Another Florida race may be headed for a recount - the contest for Agriculture Commissioner. In the Senate race, Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, is ahead of incumbent Sen. Urban Hillsborough and Pinellas counties - where Nelson sought potent support -also came up short, with the Republican governor running stronger than expected.

While the Senate and governor races drew national attention, a Florida Cabinet seat also will likely have a statewide recount.

Scott has accused county officials of conspiring to steal the election from him.

He said Thursday morning, the number went up to 695,700 ballots.

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Marc Elias, a lawyer hired by Nelson, said he expects the margin to narrow further.

Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat and the Senate's minority leader, countered with his own tweet late Thursday night. While the local races were all situated elsewhere on the ballot, only Senate and U.S. House of Representatives were located below the instructions, and in one district where there was no race for rep, the Senate race was the only one below the instructions.

A lawyer for Nelson criticized Scott for using his official position to try to influence ballot counting.

Abrams' voter turnout strategy depended heavily on absentee and early voting, and her campaign manager Laruen Groh-Wargo said there isn't enough time to wait for more ballot counting and litigation if they have to replicate that effort. As the numbers tightened, Scott worriedly called for an investigation into those ballots.

Two Democratic candidates, Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia, were aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races were tilting in favour of their Republican rivals. Every vote that was legally and verifiably cast prior to the polls closing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday should of course be counted. As of Thursday night, "Gillum trailed DeSantis by about 36,000 votes, or 0.44 percentage points", according to the Orlando Sentinel.

In response, the governor has ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to immediately investigate Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Reaction over the senate race has drawn immediate comparisons to Florida's 2000 presidential election recount dispute that allowed Republican George W Bush to win the presidency.

In a call with reporters Thursday, Nelson's lawyer, Marc Elias, said that the race now stands as a "jump ball" as counties around the state canvass their votes, but he believes Nelson will prevail in the end.

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