Florida Gov. Rick Scott is convinced that Democrats are attempting to steal away his newly acquired Senate seat and hand it back to incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, after votes trickling in from Broward County have closed the gap between the two candidates.
Now, Scott is suing Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, according to The Hill.
> The lawsuit, filed Thursday evening, accuses Snipes’s office of withholding records regarding how many people voted, how many ballots have been counted and how many more votes remain untallied in Broward.
> “The lack of transparency raises substantial concerns about the validity of the election process,” his lawsuit reads. It demands an emergency hearing ahead of a critical noon Saturday deadline for the county canvassing board to submit election results to the state Division of Elections.
Scott said during a press conference Thursday night that Snipes has a “history of acting in bad faith”, questioning where Broward and Palm Beach were getting their new vote tallies, The Hill said.
> “The people of Florida deserve fairness and they deserve transparency and the supervisor of elections is refusing to give it to us,” Scott said.
> “I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election,” he added.
Scott also asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the matter, and FDLE spokesman Jeremy Burns confirmed to The Hill that such an investigation would be launched.
President Donald Trump joined Scott in questioning the legitimacy of the election results in Broward and Palm Beach, tweeting Thursday that authorities are “looking into another big corruption scandal” in Florida.
Scott suggested there might be “rampant voter fraud” taking place in both counties after his initial lead in the Senate race began to narrow as new vote tallies came in Wednesday and Thursday.
> In Florida, if two candidates are within 0.5 points of each other, it triggers an automatic machine recount, while a margin of 0.25 points or less prompts a hand recount. As of Thursday night, Scott led Nelson by a mere 0.18 points — well within the margin for a hand recount.
> Dan McLaughlin, a spokesman for Nelson, said that the three-term senator wanted to pursue a recount to ensure that all legally cast votes were counted and accused Scott of playing politics with his lawsuit.
> “The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately," McLaughlin said in a statement. "Rick Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.”