Gov. Scott: Election officials trying to thwart will of Florida voters

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Her department's website said ballots cast on Election Day have been counted. The Scott campaign said bluntly Sen.

"Once again this court finds that Broward County is under the nation's microscope because of an election", Phillips said in the ruling, according to a WFTV reporter Field Sutton.

In court, the attorney for Broward county conceded that Broward County was under a legal obligation to produce the records, but claimed that Snipes was too busy counting ballots to comply with the law. She has also been required by law to give count totals every 45 minutes, she has also ignored that law.

"Shortly after Elias" conference call was finished, former Democratic congressman Patrick Murphy tweeted that his ballot was rejected over his signature.

During the 2004 presidential election, Snipes blamed the U.S. Postal Service for losing 58,000 absentee ballots, then later announced that only 6,000 ballots had disappeared.

The president's comments followed the news of Mr Scott's lawsuit against Ms Snipes and another Democrat, Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher.

Trump tweets: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach".

The tight races underscored Florida's status as a perennial swing state where elections are often decided by the thinnest of margins.

"Some believe that this is simply rank incompetence", Scott said. With a U.S. Senate race on the line, one might think this deserves a somewhat believable explanation.

In a machine recount, all completed ballots are re-fed through ballot-counting machines to try to confirm the original, unofficial counts.

Senator Nelson filed his own lawsuit on Friday against the Florida secretary of state in order to ensure all provisional and mail-in ballots that were initially disregarded due to signature mismatches are validated in the recount.

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A Broward County judge ruled against the county in a lawsuit over ballot counting irregularities Friday.

Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes now must "allow immediate" viewing and copying of records that were requested, CBS Miami reported.

At issue is the looming recount for a hotly contested race between Republican candidate (and current sitting Governor) Rick Scott and the incumbent, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.

Florida is the definitive swing state in USA politics, and it's not uncommon for major statewide races to be decided by the narrowest of margins.

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The ballots yet to be counted place both Scott and Ron DeSantis is perilous positions.

"Tonight I am asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate this immediately and I am considering every single legal option available".

In a call with reporters Thursday, Nelson's lawyer, Marc Elias, said that the race now stands as a "jump ball" as counties around the state canvass their votes, but he believes Nelson will prevail in the end. "And we just need to take a deep breath, we need to have some transparency, we need to get the votes counted and we also, though, going forward need to make our election systems better".

But her page on the state's website begged to differ.

Rancor was spilling into governors' races, where Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia were aiming to become the states' first African-American leaders, but the contests were tilting in favor of their Republican rivals.