Florida braces for election recounts, starting with senate race

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The race for governor between GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is also close enough that a recount is possible.

Florida law provides for automatic recounts when the margin of victory for the victor and runner-up for an office is equal to or less than 0.5 percent, according to Ballotpedia.org. Rick Scott by 17,344 votes statewide, a difference that is within the 0.25 percentage-point difference needed to trigger a hand recount. Under Maine's unique ranked-choice voting law, if no candidate receives a majority - that is 50 percent plus one of the vote - the Maine secretary of state conducts a recount.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count", the statement read.

Gillum conceded on election night, but as the vote margin began to narrow, he said he wanted to see every vote counted, strongly indicating he would not stand in the way of a recount.

"It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", said Gillum spokeswoman Johanna Cervone.

And the recounts now have echoes of 2000: Gillum's campaign has hired Barry Richard to represent them during the recount.

Detzner told county election officials on November 8 to prepare for statewide recounts, according to The Tampa Bay Times. But now, for the first time ever in a Florida governor race, there will be a recount.

Scott's campaign says the race is over and accuses Nelson of trying to hold on to something "that no longer exists".

Scott has filed lawsuits against the Supervisor of Elections in both Broward and Palm Beach counties over the way they are handling the ballot-counting process.

It's unknown how many provisional ballots have been cast statewide in Florida this year.

The outgoing governor, Rick Scott, was term limited. Governing is about getting things done on behalf of the people of Florida, keeping our economy going, improving our water quality and environment, promoting public safety and expanding educational opportunities. Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was appointed by Scott, will review the results and decide whether to order recounts.

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"Everyone has the right to have their vote counted fairly and accurately and that's what we're involved in here", said Richard.

Nikki Fried leads Matt Caldwell by just 575 votes, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

His lead narrowed as final ballots in heavily Democratic Broward and Palm Beach counties were counted Wednesday and Thursday.

Scott cited no evidence of wrongdoing, and the counties have until noon Saturday to report their unofficial vote count.

More than 48 hours after the country concluded the midterm elections, it's still unknown who will be Florida's next USA senator, governor and agriculture commissioner, or how long it will be before those pronouncements can be made.

"I believe Sen. Nelson will prevail", Elias said.

Here's what will happen with those "under votes": All counties must submit their unofficial results to the state on Saturday. Combined they earned more than 22,500 votes. "We do not let people seize ballots when they think they're losing". "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate", Elias said Thursday.

Florida was mocked for the way it handled the infamous 2000 recount, especially since there was no uniform process then on how to proceed.

Meanwhile, a host of questions remained in a familiar place: Broward County, which featured prominently in the recount of the 2000 presidential election.

If recounts are ordered, county election officials would send the optical scan ballots back through their tabulating machines and so-called over-votes and under-votes would be set aside.