As Recounts Loom, Canvassing Boards To Go Over Provisional Ballots

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Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes was being sued by Florida Gov. Rick Scott's senate campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee for alleged "incompetence" because she has not formally announced how many votes were left to count. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). The margin of victory in that race has narrowed to 0.22 percent, which places it in manual recount territory. DeSantis holds a lead of 38,613 votes out of more than 8.2 million ballots counted - a margin of 0.47 percentage points.

The ruling came as the Broward Canvassing Board met to review ballots that had been initially deemed ineligible.

In Arizona, another tight senate race has yet to conclude - and the state's Republican party is now suing over how some counties handle mail-in ballots, USA media report. Shortly before midnight, Scott, flanked by his family, addressed supporters in Naples.He acknowledged the combative nature of the race, in which Scott and his supporters repeatedly characterized Nelson, 76, as verging on senility.

Florida GOP chair Blaise Ingoglia said the results would end up the same regardless of recounts.

Elias said it's a "virtual certainty" a hand count will be required to determine the victor.

Thousands of provisional ballots cast by voters without identification - or who showed up at the wrong polling location - still need to be counted.

In the undecided race for governor, DeSantis was leading by 0.47 percentage points. Nelson's team said it's preparing for a recount and will have observers in every one of the state's 67 counties to monitor the process.

Nelson's campaign has hired a lawyer to oversee the continuing process of vote counting in Broward.

Fox News host Bret Baier compared the Florida recounts to the 2000 presidential recount in the state.

In the case of Florida still counting ballots more than 48 hours after polls closed, David Becker, the executive director for the Center for Election Innovation and Research, told NPR it is extremely common for a voting jurisdiction to be taking as long as Broward County is.

Scott cited no evidence of wrongdoing, and the counties have until noon Saturday to report their unofficial vote count.

Scott said "unethical liberals" were trying to steal the election in Democratic strongholds of Broward and Palm Beach County.

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Candidates cannot request recounts, although those with fewer votes can refuse them.

In the governor's race on Thursday morning, Republican Ron DeSantis held a 0.52 percent lead over Gillum, slightly outside the threshold of 0.5. "I tried to use every effort to change the state of Florida and together we did", Scott said.

Scott's campaign responded by accusing Nelson of trying to "steal" the election.

Scott also spent almost two weeks off the campaign trail to respond to Hurricane Michael, which pummeled several counties in the Florida Panhandle and was responsible for dozens of deaths.

"I'm unable to provide any identifying information on those persons who have voted a provisional ballot", Corley said, according to the Times.

Generally, most provisional ballots are accepted, said Dan Smith, a political scientist at the University of Florida.

Under state law, a recount is required when candidates are within one-half point when all the votes are counted.

He claims they have both failed to provide information about outstanding ballots have yet to be counted.

"Election officials are literally just counting the ballots".

Even more stark, however, is the average vote swing between the top two contenders following a recount - only 282 votes.

He added: "We're doing this not just because it's automatic, but we're doing it to win".

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