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Elections Officials: Tweaks Needed, But No Major Overhaul

Dec 4, 2018
Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

As Florida's elections supervisors meet for the first time since the Nov. 6 election, they say that despite some recent problems, the majority of the counties handled things smoothly.

Florida Certifies Results Of Contentious 2018 Election

Nov 20, 2018
Mark Scheiner/WUSF

Trump-allied Republican Ron DeSantis was formally elected governor of Florida and outgoing Gov. Rick Scott elected U.S. senator on Tuesday when the state certified election results two weeks after tight margins prompted tumultuous recounts.

After nearly two weeks, the Sunshine State's darkest recurring political nightmare is over.

Florida's recount process was marred by accusations of incompetence, antiquated voting technology and even a ballot design issue that some Democrats believe cost them a Senate seat. Republicans and the president even suggested — without evidence — that voter fraud had been committed.

For some it brought back flashbacks to the 2000 presidential election, when the nation's attention was brought to Florida's humiliating, poorly-organized recount procedure.

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The 2018 mid-term election is barely settled but longtime political watchers are already reading the tea-leaves for 2020. Noted Republican and Democratic  political strategists say the legal battles of this year are only a prelude for upcoming elections, with no sign of political divides healing anytime soon. 

Former medical-marijuana lobbyist Nikki Fried is on the verge of being the only Florida Democrat to capture a statewide win, gaining votes over Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell in the race for agriculture commissioner after a manual recount was completed Sunday.

The manual recount also had no effect on the outcome of three razor-thin legislative races, in which Democrat Janet Cruz flipped a state Senate seat and House Republicans picked up one seat and held onto another.

The state Senate Race between Democrat Janet Cruz and Republican incumbent Dana Young will now go to a manual recount. Results submitted by the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections shows Cruz had a lead of 376 votes over Young.

Federal Judge: Florida Is 'Laughing Stock Of The World'

Nov 15, 2018
Mary Shedden/WUSF

A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems, and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000.

This story was updated at 6:20 p.m.

After initially saying earlier Wednesday that it met a state deadline to recount three statewide races, Broward County issued a stunning reversal later in the afternoon.

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A Hillsborough circuit judge ruled in favor of U.S. Senate candidate and Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday, allowing campaign and party representatives access to the election recount in Hillsborough County.

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.

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A Leon County circuit judge Tuesday ordered the suspension of recount deadlines in the races for governor, agriculture commissioner and a state House seat to give Palm Beach County elections officials time to finish recounting ballots. 

Florida’s military and overseas citizens vote-by-mail ballots are being accepted at Supervisors of Elections Offices across the state through Friday, but it’s unlikely they’ll change the outcome of any contested races currently under recount.

Anyone who remembers the recount of the 2000 presidential race in Florida may feel an unsettling case of deja-vu. That the state is now conducting three recounts, including for the governor's and U.S. Senate races.

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In an unusual move, Attorney General Pam Bondi on Sunday publicly criticized Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen for not pursuing an investigation into alleged irregularities in the handling of election ballots in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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

Judges in Palm Beach and Broward counties sided with Florida Gov. Rick Scott against two supervisors of elections on Friday as Sen. Bill Nelson filed his own lawsuit challenging the state's mail-in ballot signature law.

In Florida when a race is close a candidate cannot “call for a recount.” Instead, it all comes down to math. If any candidates are within half a percentage of each other, Florida law requires a recount. Right now that’s the case for the U.S. Senate race, as well as the contests for state agriculture commissioner and governor.

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Despite Democrat Janet Cruz declaring victory Wednesday afternoon, the razor thin margins in her race against Republican incumbent Dana Young will likely lead to a recount.

Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday that it's prepared for a possible recount in the Florida governor's race that he conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night.

A race for a seat on Broward County’s school board lasted a few days beyond the primary election.

 

Over the weekend, there was a recount for the race pitting incumbent Donna Korn against Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Governor Rick Scott is not concerned about a potential presidential recount in Florida.