Florida asks USA to investigate ‘irregularities’ as state races toward recount deadline

Trump urges Florida to end vote recount and hand elections to Republicans

According to unofficial results from Florida's counties on Saturday, Scott led Nelson in the senate race by about 12,500 votes, or about.15 percent of the total vote. And if Palm Beach County doesn't like the outcomes of Bucher's leadership, they can look for another election supervisor.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse said that in a recount the procedures have to be conducted exactly as they would on election night. Bucher did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Thus, if any court orders the state or counties to change their vote-verifying or recounting process, it is likely that Florida's biggest counties-whose voting systems and staffing were pushed to the limit in recent days-may have to do more ballot retrieval and vote counting.

Lawyers for Democrats will ask a federal judge to set aside the state law mandating that mailed-in votes be thrown out if the signature on the envelope doesn't match the signature on file with election authorities.

"This has been a really, really weird election year", said Paul Lux, the president of the Florida Association of Supervisors of Elections.

On election day last Tuesday, Floridians stood in long lines to cast votes for their next governor, senator, and state representatives.

Election officials are rushing to count votes to determine who won the offices of state governor and U.S. senator.

President Donald Trump agreed, tweeting the election is "infected" and calling for an end to the recount. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Secretary of State's Office say they have not found any evidence that voter fraud is happening. But Jack Tuter, chief circuit judge in Broward County, warned both sides on Monday to "ramp down the rhetoric" and stressed that their words would impact voters across the country.

A machine recount began over the weekend in the race between outgoing Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott and Democratic US Senator Bill Nelson, with another recount underway for the Florida gubernatorial race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum. "We're going to win the recount because it's never been overturned before", Scott said.

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Scott's campaign countered with accusations that Nelson's lawsuit is all about allowing for the counting of fraudulent votes. Snipes was found guilty in 2016 of prematurely destroying absentee ballots related to a lawsuit filed against her office.

"Supervisors of elections are independently elected constitutional officers and it is each supervisor's responsibility to adhere to the law", state spokeswoman Sarah Revell said in an email. Nelson accused Scott of, "using his power as governor to try to undermine the voting process". Those lawsuits focus on issues such as which ballots can be counted, when ballots have to be received by elections supervisors, the manner in which ballots are determined to be legitimate and whether deadlines for recounts should be postponed. In Broward County, it could take more than 30 hours just to sort through the pages with races that need to be recounted, according to election operations coordinator Fred Bellis.

Trump on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) called on Democratic Nelson to admit that he lost his re-election bid.

On Tuesday, news broke that in Palm Beach County, one of the two Florida counties that have been recalcitrant in reporting their voting tallies from the November election, ballot machines broke down.

A Trump supporter holds a sign as US Rep Ted Deutch speaks at the Broward Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill, Florida. "Must go with Election Night!" the president wrote. It's a tradition among Florida Republicans, dating back to 2000.

The White House is again weighing in on the Florida Senate recount. He aggressively campaigned in the state, putting his finger on the scales of the Republican gubernatorial primary by endorsing DeSantis.

It's not clear, however, if Gievers' ruling will remain in place.

But officials said the recount in Miami-Dade County hasn't officially ended.

"I get a call from a reporter about a lawsuit that I know nothing of, so who's playing games?" he said.

The provocative appearance at the traditional photo-op by Scott, the outgoing governor of Florida, appeared to defy the standard that those in attendance are the declared winners of their races.

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