The campaign also filed a separate lawsuit against Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, accusing her of refusing to allow Scott's representatives to personally witness the ballot counting. DeSantis holds a lead of 38,613 votes out of more than 8.2 million ballots counted - a margin of 0.47 percentage points.
At the moment, GOP Gov. Rick Scott continues to cling to a small lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. "Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", Gillum's campaign said.
Meanwhile, A Florida circuit court judge has ordered Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes to provide records on the total number of ballots cast, the number counted and uncounted, and data on vote by mail for the county by 7 p.m. ET tonight, siding with Scott. The office is under state monitoring. He went further and alleged that Republicans critical of the late votes being counted are actually trying to "stop votes from being counted", comparing it to "third-world country stuff".
A lawyer for Nelson, Marc Elias, said in a call with reporters Friday that the canvass underway in Broward and elsewhere in Florida is a "feature, not a flaw, of our democratic system" to be sure all valid votes are counted.
For this and other reasons, lawyers for Nelson and Gillum made a decision to call on the state of Florida to honor its statutory obligation to perform a recount. By two o'clock that same day the Florida Secretary of State is expected to certify those results and order a machine recount for any multi-county races within half a percentage point. Not only that, but Snipes is making no attempt to even give the appearance that the ballot tabulating process is above board.
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On Thursday, Scott and Senate Republicans filed a lawsuit demanding the recount be halted. Not just because of the fact that Franken was getting sworn-in, but I remember Leader Reid looking up at us, Sen. Almost 8.2 million votes were cast in the state for the November 6 election.
Most of the focus had turned to Broward County, a Democratic South Florida stronghold that, mysteriously, according to critics, was still tallying early-voting and mail-in ballots on Thursday. "Their goal is to keep mysteriously finding more votes until the election turns out the way they want". Snipes was accused of destroying the physical ballots while saving digital copies as the lawsuit was pending - a violation of a federal statute requiring congressional ballots be saved for 22 months after an election.
It appears fears of fraud may not be unfounded. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has said they are not investigating, that no allegations of fraud have been brought forward and there has been no written request from Scott yet.
Rick Scott had served as governor of Florida since 2011.
Not only does it seem like this led to confusion, this exact problem was anticipated by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission more than a decade ago. "Let's blame the Russians and demand an immediate apology from President Putin!" - he wrote.