Embattled Broward County Elections Chief Hints She May Step Down

Trump urges Florida to end vote recount and hand elections to Republicans

Trump seeks end to Florida recount as Republicans' leads shrink

Scott's Senate contest against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is one race being recounted.

Yet Florida is once again mired in all the familiar trappings of recount chaos - multiple lawsuits, allegations of fraud lobbed without any evidence and crowds of lawyers and political operatives stationed at supervisors of elections offices.

Rick Scott pledged Wednesday to recuse himself from certifying election results in his high-stakes race to replace Democratic Sen.

That was what Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Tuesday, speaking of the handling of the recounting of ballots in Florida.

Broward County Circuit Judge Jack Tuter, who on Monday rejected Scott's request for the emergency injunction, urged both sides to be restrained in their public statements as the state faces a repeat of its dramatic role in the 2000 US presidential vote recount.

The Democrat from NY, appearing alongside Sen.

Republican candidate Gov. Rick Scott won roughly 74 percent of the vote in Bay County.

An attorney for Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes described layers of security including keycard and password access to rooms where ballots are kept, secured by deputies and monitored by security cameras and representatives of both campaigns and parties.

Though Trump did not expand on his accusation, he later tweeted that the "characters" involved will not be able to "find" enough votes to swing the election in Nelson's favor.

Republicans are eager to cement victories in a key battleground state after maintaining their control of the U.S. Senate in last week's midterm congressional elections, while Democrats are eyeing another possible state governorship win. Almost 600,000 ballots were cast in the county.

In one email released by the Florida state department, and addressed to Florida Elections Division Director Maria Matthews, Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux also indicated the altered affidavits had come from the state Democratic Party.

What happens if recount deadline can't be met? Both counties are Democratic strongholds.

The state elections department and the Florida department of law enforcement, which are run by Republican appointees, have said they have seen no evidence of voter fraud.

Florida Circuit Chief Judge Jack Tuter ruled there is no evidence of fraud and called on both sides to "ramp down the rhetoric".

On Saturday, Florida's secretary of state ordered recounts in the three races.

Blackwell accused Democrats and their allies of fraud during an appearance on Fox News on November 9, three days after polls closed, but while votes were still being counted.

Presidents have historically sought to rise above partisan dramas surrounding election irregularities.

"We are in prayer mode", a county elections supervisor told NBC affiliate WPTV. It's a tradition among Florida Republicans, dating back to 2000. He aggressively campaigned in the state in the waning days of the election and put his finger on the scales of the Republican gubernatorial primary this summer by endorsing former Rep. Ron DeSantis. After Election Day, Trump's aides pointed to the GOP's seeming success in the state as a validation that the president's path to re-election remained clear - a narrative that has grown hazier as the outcomes have become less certain.

But officials said the recount in Miami-Dade County hasn't officially ended. "So I ask each of you - just consider whether or not you would want your ballot thrown out by an untrained, even though well-intentioned, election worker or a volunteer, all because he or she determined that your signature doesn't look right", Nelson said.

"It's just plain wrong". If the recount is done properly, Nelson has an "excellent chance" of being reelected, Schumer said.

Florida's election started badly when Hurricane Michael disrupted early voting in some Panhandle counties.

Recounts were triggered because vote totals in three of the state's main races were separated by less than half a percentage point.

The governor's race also has tightened, with DeSantis, a staunch ally of Trump, ahead of Gillum by 0.41 percent.

Scott on Sunday asked a Broward County judge to issue an emergency injunction calling for law enforcement to seize all voting machines, tallying devices and ballots when they are not being used until the end of the recount and any related litigation.

Marc Elias, an attorney for Nelson, argued that there's no need to rush, since the victor of the Nelson-Scott race won't be sworn into office until January.

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