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

Saul Bowman
November 15, 2018

They recoiled at the idea of sharing power with ordinary folk, fearing the hoi polloi would just screw things up (see The Federalist Papers #10).

The Florida Department of State says it flagged a series of "irregularities" in documents filed last week - "cure affidavits" created to help voters fix mistakes they believe they might have made on absentee and mail-in ballots. "Non-citizens can not vote in USA elections". "If we make mistakes, we own them". The deputies will monitor cameras and USB drives that contain votes, and also supervise, without reporting to the county supervisor of elections. That seems to work for Canada, at least by comparison to the U.S.

The court has asked for a telephone conference with both parties in the case.

"The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged", Trump said in a tweet that misstated what Florida officials have concluded.

She was responding to a question about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's calling for her removal from office.

Three major Florida races are in a recount: the U.S. senate race between Scott and Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen.

Now, after the 2018 midterms, Nelson trails by a wider margin than Allen or Burns, and Schumer is encouraging a recount and is confident Nelson will be declared the victor.

Nelson has accused Scott of "using his power as governor to undermine the voting process".

"He has thrown around words like "voter fraud" with no proof", Nelson said of Scott.

The latter part is certainly true.

If the Senate race does go to a hand recount, the deadline for counties to finish is Sunday. Scott then dropped his motion to quarantine voting machines within his purview, and was subsequently sued by a group of Florida voters and grassroots organizations, as they alleged that the governor abused his power to try to swing the outcome of his race for senator and the contest to replace Scott as governor. Arizona just decided its Senate race on Monday and Georgia is still trying to figure out its next governor, "but the real post-Election Day drama is happening, as always, in Florida, the Florida of states".

Snipes was in federal court in Miami in July of previous year to answer allegations that the county's voter list contained hundreds if not thousands of ineligible voters because her office wasn't doing enough to purge them after it was alleged that more than 100 percent of the voting age population was registered to vote.

Nevertheless, he concluded, the setup is ripe for corruption and Scott must recuse himself. "It's become obvious that Mr. Scott can not oversee the process in a fair and impartial way, and he should remove himself from the recount process".

Thus, if any court orders the state or counties to change their vote-verifying or recounting process, it is likely that Florida's biggest counties-whose voting systems and staffing were pushed to the limit in recent days-may have to do more ballot retrieval and vote counting.

The county had been running its decade-old tabulating machines around the clock since 5 p.m. Saturday in an effort to meet the deadline. Jim Bonfiglio had won an initial bench ruling, but unfortunately for Bucher and Bonfiglio, the judge took a while to write the opinion. This triggers an automatic recount since it's under the required half a percentage point, but it does not trigger a recount by hand.

Some in the pundit class have declared Nelson an nearly hopeless long shot, and in doing so, have made Scott's complaints about the recount look suspicious - which isn't helpful to anyone. There are several other states on recount watch, too. And do Nelson and Gillum have a shot?

She said the president is confident Scott will win.

And that, again, is to say nothing of the president's behaviour, so let's get to that. But Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have argued that voter fraud threatens to steal races from the GOP.

"An honest vote count is no longer possible" in Florida, Trump declared Monday, without elaborating.

US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump is attempting to bully Florida election officials out of doing their jobs. The deadline to contest Election Results in court is November 30.

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