Florida Governor and Senate elect Rick Scott, unleashed lawsuits against Broward County and Palm Beach County while accusing Democrats of trying to steal the election.
Both the senate seat Scott thought was his on Tuesday night, and the Governor’s spot that looked all but won by Republican Ron DeSantis are both now within the margin of error for a recount.
Scott believed he won over the Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, however, during a press conference Thursday night, after his Senate campaign sued Broward County and Palm Beach County elections officials to turn over records regarding how ballots are being counted, Scott said: ‘The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency, and the supervisors are failing to give it to us.’
The lawsuit was filed about the same time Scott ordered state law enforcement officials to investigate the Broward and Palm Beach voting operation.
A spokesperson for Nelson bristled at Scott’s legal maneuvering, telling CNN ‘The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately. Rick Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.’
Scott’s emergency complaints accuse Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher of being ‘unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed.’
The complaints say the counties handling of the ballots ‘raises substantial concerns about the validity of the election process.’
‘Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes,’ Scott told reporters during his press conference Thursday.
‘By Wednesday morning, that lead dropped to 38,000. By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000. This morning, it was around 21,000. Now, it is 15,000.’
He continued: ‘On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast. At 1am today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on election day. At 2.30pm today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day. And we just learned, that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on election day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night.
‘So, it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed and Broward and Palm Beach Counties are still finding and counting ballots – and the Supervisors – Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher – cannot seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been,’ Scott said.
During the press conference, Scott declared there could be ‘rampant fraud’ in the counties ballot-counting process.
President Trump, following the Scott’s press conference tweeted ‘Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!’
Earlier Thursday Scott told Fox News: ‘No rag tag group of liberal activists or lawyers from D.C. will be allowed to steal this election from the voters in the state of Florida.’
‘The lack of transparency raises substantial concerns about the validity of the election process,’ the suits against the counties states.
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Source: Daily Mail