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While all Tampa Bay area counties wrapped up the state-ordered machine recount by Thursday afternoon's deadline, Hillsborough County decided against submitting its revised totals.

Gov. Rick Scott's Office, Daylina Miller/WUSF

Florida's acrimonious battle for the U.S. Senate is headed to a legally required hand recount after an initial review showed Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson separated by just a few thousand votes.

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Tampa Bay counties have completed the machine recounts in the U.S. Senate, Florida Governor and Agriculture Commissioner races, and are now preparing for manual recounts in the Senate and Agriculture Commission races.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Counties across the Tampa Bay area are racing to meet the required Thursday 3 p.m. deadline to recount votes in three statewide elections.

Overheating Machines Complicate Florida's Recount Battle

Nov 14, 2018
Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Florida's election recount drama is intensifying as lawyers return to court and tallying machines break down ahead of a Thursday deadline to complete reviews of the senate and governor races.

Shanya Richburg

Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign is asking a federal court to give supervisors of elections more time to recount ballots as a Thursday deadline approaches to complete the recounts in Florida’s Senate, gubernatorial and agriculture commissioner races.

Voter advocacy groups are suing Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida’s Senate race.

They want Scott to stay out of the ballot counting process.

It was noon on Monday and Miami-Dade County was about halfway done with its ballot recount for last week’s elections. Yet next door, in Broward County, the official recount hadn’t even started yet.

A Broward County judge on Monday ordered three additional law enforcement officers to oversee the county’s ballot tabulation process and called for an end to explosive rhetoric about election fraud.

Circuit Court judge Jack Tuter considered a motion filed by Gov. Rick Scott’s senate campaign for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to impound vote-counting machines and ballots when votes are not being counted at Broward’s election office.

Want to feel old? Consider the fact that babies who were crying in cribs while their parents agonized over Florida's protracted presidential recount in 2000 are now of voting age.

Eighteen years is a long time. Even so, when we think of that time, many of us conjure up memories as sharp as barbed wire, roll our eyes or sigh out loud when anyone mentions "Florida 2000."

That phrase is being invoked a lot in light of this year's ultra-tight Florida statewide elections.

Steve Newborn

After some early bumps, more than half of Florida's 67 counties began recounting votes Sunday in the razor-thin Senate and gubernatorial races, bringing back memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco.

Three tight races in Florida could be heading for a recount. As election officials were still scrambling to count ballots on Friday, it appeared that the races for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner were close enough to trigger recounts.