President Donald Trump urged Florida elections officials to end the recount efforts on Monday and call the Senate and gubernatorial races for his fellow Republicans, according to Reuters.
> As Florida officials scrambled to review more than eight million ballots by Thursday, Trump, without providing evidence, cast doubt on the recount process required by state law in close elections.
> Leads by the Republican candidates in the races for a seat in the U.S. Senate and for the governor’s office shrank as more ballots were tallied following last Tuesday’s election.
> Trump called for an end to the recount even though state rules allow election officials to wait 10 days for absentee ballots submitted by registered voters living outside the United States, including active-duty military personnel.
Florida began a machine recount over the weekend in the race for Senate between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson; the state also initiated a recount in the gubernatorial race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum.
Meanwhile, Democrats have filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to order state elections officials to accept mail-in ballots that came in on Election Day — rather than excluding those that arrived after polls closed at 7 p.m.
The court papers, filed by the Democratic National Committee and veterans’ advocacy group VoteVets Action Fund, noted that 875,000 mail-in ballots were not counted as received by the deadline this year, Reuters reported.
> “The outright rejection of such ballots, based on arbitrary conditions — namely the timeliness of post office delivery — outside the voter’s control unlawfully infringes upon the fundamental right to vote,” Democrats said in the lawsuit.
> The lawsuit noted that voters had no control over potential mail delays resulting from U.S. Postal Service delivery changes, or from an October bomb scare that evacuated a distribution center in a small and heavily minority community outside Miami.
Both parties have accused the other of attempting to steal the election, though Republicans — including the president — have put forth no evidence of alleged voter fraud.