GOP Senate candidate Rick Scott and a host of others are accusing a pair of Florida counties of intentionally missing a recount deadline, a move that actually helped Democrats avoid losing more votes.
In what has been described as a “stunning development,” election officials in Broward County submitted their recount results two minutes after the deadline, meaning the state will not use those numbers.
All recount efforts in Broward this past week have thus been invalidated.
Scott had gained votes in the county by virtue of his opponent, incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, losing more.
By submitting the results past deadline, numbers from Tuesday’s election will stand until manual recounts can be done. Because of this, Scott actually lost the 779 votes he would have gained in this recount.
Rick Scott gained 779 votes + Bill Nelson lost votes in the Broward County recount so what did Coward County do? They missed the deadline to submit their recount totals and Court ruled they’d go with old count before Nelson lost those votes. This is total corruption.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) November 16, 2018
The missed deadline also benefits Democrat gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
Hillsborough County election shenanigans
The corruption didn’t stop in Broward County. What Hillsborough County did with their results is outright election fraud. The recount didn’t go their way, so they just refused to turn over the numbers.
Fox News reports:
Hillsborough County intentionally refused to report its recount figures, which would have awarded Scott approximately 150 votes, because the recount turned up 846 fewer votes in total than the county’s initial tally.
This is deliberate election fraud that couldn’t be any more apparent.
Rick Scott gained 779 net votes in Broward and 146 in Hillsborough in completed recounts.
Both of these Dem counties then ditched their recounts and resubmitted their original counts instead. Blatant.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 16, 2018
Meanwhile, Broward elections officials were trying to figure out why there was a 2,040 vote difference between the first results and the second results, chalking it up to a “co-mingling of ballots.”
HOLD UP. Broward just said they were actually 2 minutes late so their first total will count, *not* the recount. Also the discrepancy of 2,040 votes was due to a “comingling of ballots,” said Joseph D’Alessandro https://t.co/F9AT93lJsC
— Alex Harris (@harrisalexc) November 15, 2018
Scott accuses Broward of election fraud
Scott’s campaign accused embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes of intentionally submitting late results to invalidate them.
Snipes responded, not with a denial, but an excuse.
“An election like the one we just finished almost always has so many moving parts and so many components,” she said.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said he could see why Scott is “understandably frustrated.”
Fox News reporter Ed Henry said, “Congressman, as you know we’ve been lectured for days that we have to “count all the votes,” now we count the votes and it looks like it’s not helping the Democrats so the paperwork’s not turned in.”
“It really shows the hypocrisy,” Gaetz responded.
It’d be difficult to understand how some officials in Florida, with election fraud being this obvious, do not end up being charged with crimes.
We have an Obama-appointed judge extending the deadline for voters to fix discrepancies regarding the signatures on their vote-by-mail ballots.
We have Democrats caught in a scheme using altered forms to allow absentee ballots with ineligible signatures to be “perfected” after the deadline for submission had passed.
And now we have counties refusing to submit recount results once they realize their numbers aren’t going in favor of the Democrat candidates.
Acting AG Matthew Whitaker might want to make Florida his first priority.