Florida Recount

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Around this time last year, the political sphere zeroed in on Broward County, which was dealing with a crucial recount in a couple of statewide races. The office has recently dealt with another blunder, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. More than 50,000 voters received a “final notice” mailer that threatened to designate them inactive voters. 

Susan Bucher To Supporters, Protesters: ‘I’m Not Ready To Give Up’

Jan 22, 2019
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The ousted Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County said she will fight the suspension handed down Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Surrounded by Democrats chanting “Bring Back Bucher” and “Bring Back Susan,” Susan Bucher said Monday she’ll fight to keep her position as Palm Beach County’s supervisor of elections.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday suspended Susan Bucher as Palm Beach County's supervisor of elections, abruptly ending the tenure of the elections chief under criticism for her handling of last year’s midterm election recounts.

Photos By: Peter Haden, Caitie Switalski, Pedro Portal

The deadly February school shooting in Parkland led to a landmark gun and school safety law. The November midterm election lasted well beyond Election Day in Florida, with a mandated recount in a few races. Blue green algae and red tide swirled in waters around the state, and Hurricane Michael slammed into the Panhandle.

Graphic by Katie Lepri / WLRN

It’s been a whirlwind year in South Florida.

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Floridians will vote in future elections under the shadow of this year’s recount drama.

 

CAITIE SWITALSKI / WLRN

When a federal judge ruled Thursday not to suspend election recount deadlines across Florida in the races for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner, he also had some harsh words to say about the state’s handling of the elections.

"We have been the laughingstock of the world, election after election," U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said.

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November isn’t just Thanksgiving and elections in South Florida. It's also when the Miami Book Fair sets up shop at Miami Dade College’s downtown campus.

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With election workers in most of Florida’s 67 counties wrapping up their recounts on Sunday, Palm Beach was preparing to continue counting votes past Thanksgiving — and possibly Christmas.

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Former medical-marijuana lobbyist Nikki Fried is on the verge of being the only Florida Democrat to capture a statewide win, gaining votes over Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell in the race for agriculture commissioner after a manual recount was completed Sunday.

The manual recount also had no effect on the outcome of three razor-thin legislative races, in which Democrat Janet Cruz flipped a state Senate seat and House Republicans picked up one seat and held onto another.

Nelson Concedes Senate Race, Scott Headed To Washington

Nov 18, 2018

With a victory margin of a little more than a tenth of a percentage point out of 8.2 million votes cast, Gov. Rick Scott has won election to the U.S. Senate, ending the four-decade political career of Bill Nelson.

Miami Dade County met the Sunday 12 p.m. deadline to complete the recount process for both the U.S. Senate seat and the state’s next Agricultural Commissioner, but those supervising the Miami Dade County Elections Department shared mixed reviews.

A clear glass wall separated the recount from volunteer supervisors, a room about the size of a racquetball court with only a handful of chairs.

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.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has defeated Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in the Florida Senate race after a protracted and contentious recount.

Following both a machine and hand recount — mandated by law given the very tight margin of less than 0.25 percentage points — Scott continued to lead Nelson by more than 10,000 votes out of more than eight million votes cast.

"I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service," said Scott in a statement issued by his campaign.

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. 

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