2018 midterm election

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

A months-long examination of votes from the 2018 midterm election in Florida published Thursday found the way ballots were designed in Broward County could have cost Bill Nelson 9,658 votes in the U.S. Senate race against Rick Scott.

Democrat Nelson, who was seeking re-election, lost the ultra-close race to Republican Scott by 10,033 votes out of 4.19 million cast — a difference of 0.2%, reports the Sun Sentinel.

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The FBI will brief Florida’s congressional members this week on Russian attempts to hack the 2016 election, after the Mueller report revealed last month that the election system of at least one Florida county was compromised.

But even before details emerge, a former supervisor of elections in Florida is saying he is not surprised that the state’s system was compromised. Ion Sancho, the longtime former supervisor of elections of Leon County, said Friday on The Florida Roundup that Florida’s election infrastructure is, frankly, “not secure.”

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Leaders from civil and voters' rights groups in Florida testified before members of Congress Monday in Fort Lauderdale about the barriers that minority groups face when voting in the state. 

The Subcommittee on Elections of the U.S. House held the hearing inside the Broward County Commission chambers to evaluate whether claims of voter suppression need federal action. 

 

Leading up to Nov. 6, 2018, anyone with a stake in American democracy was holding their breath.

After a Russian effort leading up to 2016 to sow chaos and polarization, and to degrade confidence in American institutions, what sort of widespread cyberattack awaited the voting system in the first national election since?

None, it seems.

When we set out to try to look back on the year that was in politics, we started with a list that grew ... and grew ... and grew. After a couple of days, the list was just shy of 100 news events. That's about one notable story every three days.

Cat Gloria / WUFT

Halfway through day two of Florida’s recount, Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes responded to the lawsuits filed against her.

“There have been issues that did not go the way we wanted, so we can call it a mistake, we can call it whatever you want to call it,” Snipes said to the press.

In days following the midterm election, the nation’s eyes have been on Snipes, who was accused of fraud by Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and later President Donald Trump.

MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

Brenda Snipes, Broward County’s embattled supervisor of elections, submitted her resignation Sunday.

Snipes’ resignation, first reported by the Sun-Sentinel, came only hours after her staff ended a brutal two-week stretch in which they misplaced 2,000 ballots during a statewide recount, mixed about two dozen invalid ballots with about 200 good ones, and blew a deadline to submit machine recount results to the state.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

Last Sunday, Broward attorney and GOP State Committeeman Richard DeNapoli got a call from an employee at Avis Rent-A-Car in the Fort Lauderdale airport. Someone had found a lone provisional ballot box, sealed by the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office. It was sitting, unsupervised, in the back of a returned rental car.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County finished its election recount on Sunday, ending a week-long process that saw three statewide races contested and subjected the county to constant criticism of its ballot counting process. 

 

The Supervisor of Elections Office submitted results to the Secretary of State's office in Tallahassee by 11:08 a.m.—beating the noon deadline, instead of missing it by two minutes, like what happened on Thursday. 

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.

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.

Matias Ocner / Miami Herald

 

UPDATED  Nov. 11 at 4:15 p.m.

At 11:49 a.m. on Saturday, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office submitted its unofficial election results to the Forida Secretary of State's office. The deadline was noon. 

"Except for the overseas ballots, everything has been [brought in]," said Brenda Snipes, the supervisor of elections. "I believe we have all of the ballots accounted for. We have processed ballots for over 700,000 voters since Tuesday, so that is quite a feat." 

Caitie Switalski / WLRN News

Florida is once again counting ballots.

 

The election has lasted three more days in at least three major statewide races: U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner. They’re likely heading for recounts because of close margins.

Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign and the Democratic Executive Committee of Florida have filed a lawsuit against the state’s Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, challenging the rejection of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots based on voter signatures.

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