Four Broward and Palm Beach county races likely headed for a recount

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While the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Friday there had been no allegations of fraud, Scott asked - but did not order - the agency to investigate the counties' elections departments for possible fraud.

Elias, a Democratic elections lawyer who has a good success rate with candidates caught up in statewide recounts, said he understands why Scott and his allies are so anxious, with the election night margin of 30,000 votes now cut in half.

Former Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis and Tallahassee's Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum are locked in a tight race for governor.

Mr DeSantis's lead was about 38,500 votes on Thursday afternoon (local time), or 0.47 per cent of the vote.

On Thursday, Gillum's campaign indicated it was "ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount".

State law requires that all early and by-mail votes be tabulated within 30 minutes of the polls closing, but three days later, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes still refuses to specify how many people voted, how many ballots have been tabulated, and how many are left to count. The office is under state monitoring.

As of Thursday morning, thousands of ballots remained to be counted.

As of Wednesday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 43,039 votes out of almost 8.2 million cast, or a difference of 0.526 of a percentage point. It's important to note that, by law, the officials have until Saturday at noon to submit the county's vote totals. For those races that are within.25% after that machine recount, a hand recount would be initiated of ballots marked as undervotes (voters who did not fill out all available choices on the ballot) or overvotes (voters who made more choices than allotted on the ballot).

And one conservative congressman in Florida has taken matters a step further, calling for Snipes' removal.

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In Florida, the recounts and possible legal challenges mean it could be weeks until a victor is determined in either race.

Under Florida law, a 0.5 percent margin in an election automatically triggers a machine recount, while a 0.25 percent margin automatically triggers a manual recount, or recount by hand.

The governor, meanwhile, filed lawsuits in both counties seeking more information on how their ballots were being tallied. Scott's lead over Sen.

During a Thursday night news conference, Scott announced he is suing the Palm Beach and Broward county supervisors of elections, saying "there may be rampant fraud" in the counties that heavily favor Democrats. "Their goal is to keep mysteriously finding more votes until the elections turn out the way they want".

Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer, alleged in a series of tweets that the county was "creating" votes and that a person would have to be "naive, even simple minded not to recognize" that Democrats regularly engage in voter fraud. Donald Trump, who never misses an opportunity to engage in some evidence-free voter fraud fearmongering, has accused Fusion GPS, the outfit behind the 2016 opposition research "dossier", of helping election officials find "votes out of nowhere". A judge sided with Governor Rick Scott in his request.

Moments later, as the president was en route to Paris for a meeting with world leaders, he tweeted, "You mean they are just now finding votes in Florida and Georgia - but the Election was on Tuesday?" Trump tweeted. "Let's blame the Russians and demand an immediate apology from President Putin!"

"The good news is that since the 2000 election, the process has improved both in terms of how people vote in Florida and the designation of a recount", he said.

"It is obviously corrupt", Hannity said.

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