Broward County: Trump wades into Florida Senate election chaos

Governors' races in the southern US states of Florida and Georgia had yet to be decided

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Florida's Governor Rick Scott, the Republican challenging incumbent Senate Democrat Bill Nelson, filed a lawsuit against two election officials alleging fraud after his lead narrowed.

Florida's races for governor and US Senate appeared headed Thursday for law-mandated recounts, while the Democratic candidate for governor in neighbouring Georgia threatened legal action to ensure all votes are counted in her tight race. Meanwhile, Nelson's campaign is suing Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner to permit an extension for counties to turn in unofficial vote counts.

The legal challenge takes on a state law that requires county election officials to double-check signatures of voters who cast provisional and mail-in ballots.

Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes said she didn't know how many ballots remain to be counted, but all were being processed.

A hearing began just after 3 p.m. Friday. The suit, filed in Palm Beach County, also accuses Bucher of keeping the county canvassing board from performing its duties. Broward was the setting for some of the most contentious debates over "hanging chads" and other ballot irregularities that determined the outcome of the 2000 presidential contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

The governor has chose to abandon the most fundamental of all rights, because he fears that he will lose the election if all the votes are counted.

At a makeshift news conference at the governor's mansion Thursday night, Scott said the slow count in Broward and Palm Beach meant Democrats were trying to "steal" the election.

Trump, following the lead of both Scott and Sen.

Phillips ordered Broward County supervisor of elections Brenda Snipes to allow the immediate inspection of the requested records by Friday night.

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For demanding that Broward adhere to state law, Rubio was accused of to trying to stop some votes from being counted. Trump won the state in 2016 by 1.2 percentage points, and Scott's two races for governor were decided by similar margins. "Florida voted for Rick Scott!", the president tweeted.

The 93-year-old was among 509 voters in Lee County who had been given a provisional ballot.

"She has had a awful history", said President Donald Trump, "and all of a sudden they're finding votes out of nowhere".

Neither the Associated Press nor CNN have called the race.

But Broward County is still counting early votes "60 hours after that deadline", and it's the only county in Florida to do so, Rubio tweeted. The Florida Secretary of State has not ordered a recount, and his office said that would not happen until canvassing boards return their unofficial returns on November 10.

The former congressman also argued that wider reforms to the election systems should be looked at, such as using blockchain technology, as well as moving Election Day to a weekend to increase the accessibility of voting.

"Bill Nelson's entire campaign has been a fraud". "We believe that at the end of this process that Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor".

The campaign has questioned a number of aspects of the state's election administration, which Kemp oversaw until yesterday, including the fact that hundreds of votes came in from absentee ballots in Cobb County, according to the AP, after Kemp's office said all absentee ballots had already been counted. Scott's election night 56,000-vote margin over Nelson shrank to just over 15,000 votes -- within the margin that triggers an automatic recount -- by Thursday night.

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