2018 election

Sam Turken / WLRN News

Facing a tight deadline to submit votes to the state, Broward County started recounting ballots Tuesday morning, days after the Secretary of State ordered a state-wide recount for three races.

Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign is suing the Florida Department of State in an effort to count mail-in ballots that were postmarked before Election Day but not delivered before the polls closed Tuesday. An attorney for the campaign said it’s voter disenfranchisement, but the Rick Scott campaign disagrees.

Voter advocacy groups are suing Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida’s Senate race.

They want Scott to stay out of the ballot counting process.

As State Recount Continues, DeSantis Names Transition Team

Nov 13, 2018
Ron DeSantis Campaign

While a recount continues in his race for governor, Republican Ron DeSantis’ transition team Monday announced staff members who would help set up his administration.

DeSantis last week announced leadership of the transition team, with Susie Wiles serving as executive director. Wiles chaired his gubernatorial campaign.

Florida Recount 2018
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

It was noon on Monday and Miami-Dade County was about halfway done with its ballot recount for last week’s elections. Yet next door, in Broward County, the official recount hadn’t even started yet.

Palm Beach Elections Supervisor Optimistic On Making Recount Deadline

Nov 12, 2018
Palm Beach Post

Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher said she is optimistic she will finish the U.S. Senate recount by Thursday’s deadline — but she’s not certain about finishing the recounts for the governor, Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner and House District 89 races.

“We are pretty sure we are going to make the deadline,″ she said to reporters today before clarifying a minute later that she was referring to the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Gov. Rick Scott.

About 150 Florida Hurricane Victims Voted By Email. That’s Not Allowed.

Nov 12, 2018
News Herald/AP via Miami Herald

After Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle in October, the top elections official in Bay County allowed about 150 displaced voters to cast ballots by email, even though there is no provision that allows for it in state law.

Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen defended that decision vigorously Monday, noting the mass devastation that rocked the coastal county one month ago.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A Broward County judge on Monday ordered three additional law enforcement officers to oversee the county’s ballot tabulation process and called for an end to explosive rhetoric about election fraud.

Circuit Court judge Jack Tuter considered a motion filed by Gov. Rick Scott’s senate campaign for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to impound vote-counting machines and ballots when votes are not being counted at Broward’s election office.

As automatic machine recounts got underway for three statewide elections Sunday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Rick Scott filed three new lawsuits against South Florida election supervisors.

Florida Recount 2018
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Counting votes in Broward County has gone anything but smoothly since Election Day.

Want to feel old? Consider the fact that babies who were crying in cribs while their parents agonized over Florida's protracted presidential recount in 2000 are now of voting age.

Eighteen years is a long time. Even so, when we think of that time, many of us conjure up memories as sharp as barbed wire, roll our eyes or sigh out loud when anyone mentions "Florida 2000."

That phrase is being invoked a lot in light of this year's ultra-tight Florida statewide elections.

Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Florida’s highest-ranking government officials are increasing the pressure on state police to get involved in the counting of ballots in heavily Democratic South Florida as Gov. Rick Scott clings to a lead over Bill Nelson during a statewide recount of their nationally relevant U.S. Senate contest.

After some early bumps, more than half of Florida's 67 counties began recounting votes Sunday in the razor-thin Senate and gubernatorial races, bringing back memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco.

Sam Turken / WLRN News

At the end of election day on Tuesday, it appeared that Democrat Nikki Fried had lost to Republican Matt Caldwell for the Florida Cabinet post of agriculture commissioner.

Saturday, after late vote tallies in Broward and other counties showed she was actually ahead by 5,326 votes, Fried claimed victory and started working on a transition.

Sam Turken / WLRN

A heated controversy over Broward County’s vote-counting process intensified over the weekend as the county met a noon deadline on Saturday to send the state its final election results. 

With three tight statewide races now headed for recounts, dozens of Democrats flocked to the Broward elections office on Saturday to demand that every vote be counted. They confronted Republican demonstrators who, without evidence, have accused embattled election supervisor Brenda Snipes of election fraud.

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