Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott, and Donald Trump, believe that Democrats are stealing the Florida election by continuing to count votes.

By |2018-11-10T06:17:58-08:00November 10th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |9 Comments


Courtesy of Mother Jones:

On Thursday night, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is locked in a razor-thin Senate race with incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson, falsely accused Democrats of trying to “steal this election” and called on law enforcement to monitor the counting of ballots in two of the state’s most Democratic counties. He also filed a lawsuit, along with the Republican Party, seeking access to Broward County’s ballot records. His unsubstantiated allegations of “rampant fraud” were amplified by top Republicans, including President Donald Trump, who tweeted, “Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach.”

Scott’s lead over Nelson is about 15,000 votes, and the race appears headed for a recount, along with the race for governor. Republicans are angry over late ballots being counted in Palm Beach County and Broward County, the latter home to heavily Democratic cities north of Miami like Fort Lauderdale. But while Broward’s election supervisor, Brenda Snipes, who was appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush, has been criticized for her handling of a past election, there is absolutely no evidence that she is “creating ballots,” as Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani tweeted, or rigging the count to favor Democrats. Trump also suggested that Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that helped put together a dossier on Trump’s Russia connections, was somehow involved in an effort to steal the Florida election.

“There’s just no evidence right now that anything illegal has happened,” writes Politico’s Florida Playbook. “The vote totals are simply changing as more ballots from Democratic counties are being uploaded.” On the contrary, the call by the governor for law enforcement to monitor the counting of ballots in his Senate race seems designed to prevent every eligible ballot from being fairly counted.

Now one would think that if there were suspicion of voter fraud, that the Republicans would welcome a recount, but that is not exactly how they see it and seem determined to name Scott as the Senator-elect before the recount takes place.  

That, of course, would make it especially awkward if indeed he loses the election, which could possibly be the point as it might also give him more leverage to challenge the results. 

Look, I agree Florida elections are a giant mess, but then again we have known that since the 2000 presidential race, and yet nobody has done anything substantial to fix it. 

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  1. Hudson November 10, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Remember — Trump accuses the Dems of exactly what he has done or would do. Remember his cries of how the 2016 election was rigged, saying the Dems rigged it. Look at how that turned out. If any rigging was done, it was the GOP working with the Russians. No evidence that the Dems did any such thing. Long ago I decided that anything he accuses “us” of doing is something he is doing, for sure. So, once again, it is the GOP who wants to play fast and furious with any counting, or re-counting, so they can insure a win for their side. Disgusting people.

  2. Anon November 10, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Barstool needs to look at this picture and realize her new teeth just makes her look as crazy as she actually is. Twinning.

  3. Anonymous November 10, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Recounts ordered in Florida Senate, governor races
    By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and KELLI KENNEDY – The Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races on Saturday, an unprecedented review of two major contests in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election.

    Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order after the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin that by law triggers a recount. His office was unaware of any other time either a race for governor or U.S. Senate in Florida required a recount, let alone both in the same election.

    The unofficial results show that Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis led Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by 0.41 percentage points.

    In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is 0.14 percentage points.

    Detzner ordered machine recounts in both races. Once completed, if the difference in the races are at 0.25 percentage points or below, a hand recount will be ordered, said Department of State spokeswoman Sarah Revell.

    Following the announcement, Gillum withdrew his concession in the governor’s race.

    “Let me say clearly, I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote,” he said, adding that he would accept whatever outcome emerges.

    DeSantis has said little about the recount and is instead proceeding as if he won the election, appointing a transition team and preparing to take office in January.

    In a statement, Scott implored the state’s sheriffs to “watch for any violations and take appropriate action” during the recount.

    The recount sets up what could be several days of political tension in this deeply divided state. President Donald Trump tweeted that the elections were being stolen. Protesters gathered at an elections office in Broward County, which is quickly becoming a battleground in the recount. The protesters waved signs, used bullhorns and even harangued a food delivery person at one point, asking if there were ballots inside the food bags.

    Scott and his supporters, including Trump, have alleged that voter fraud is underway in Democratic-leaning Broward County, where the Republican lead has narrowed since Election Day. There’s no evidence of voter fraud and the state’s election division, which Scott runs, said Saturday that its observers in Broward had seen “no evidence of criminal activity.”

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Friday it has not launched any investigation into election fraud.

    Florida’s 67 counties will decide when to begin their recounts, but they must be completed by Thursday. Revell said Saturday that recounts can’t begin until the county canvassing boards post a public meeting notice, hold that meeting and then do a public test of equipment.

    Elections officials in two large counties in the Tampa Bay area Pinellas and Hillsborough said they would begin recounts Sunday morning.

    Machine recounts must be finished by 3p.m. Thursday.

    The Associated Press had called the governor’s race for DeSantis. Following the recount announcement, the AP retracted its. It is AP policy not to call a race that is facing a recount. No new call will be made until the recount is complete and the results of the election are certified by Florida officials.

    The scene was reminiscent of the 2000 presidential recount, when it took more than five weeks for Florida to declare George W. Bush the victor over Vice President Al Gore by 537 votes, and thus giving Bush the presidency.

    Florida was mocked for the way it handled the infamous 2000 recount, especially since there was no uniform process then on how to proceed. That has changed, with the Legislature passing a clear procedure on how a recount should be conducted.

    Florida is also conducting a recount in a third statewide race. Democrat Nikki Fried had a 0.07 percentage point lead lead over Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell in the race for agriculture commissioner, one of Florida’s three Cabinet seats.

  4. Anonymous November 10, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    What are they doing about the ballots locked in the P.O. seems to me they would know exactly when they locked it up and if the ballots are inside they would have been delivered BEFORE the election and should be counted, but I am sure the republicans will come up with some convoluted theory that illegal aliens snuck in at night and filled out absentee ballots.


    Postal facility locked down by pro-Trump mail bomber may have ‘thousands’ of ballots from Democrat-heavy district

    An anonymous tip led to the discovery of “scores” of absentee ballots in a mail distribution facility that pipe bombs traveled through — after Miami-Dade County announced it finalized its vote counts for the 2018 midterms.

    The Miami New Times reported that the Opa-locka mail distribution center was evacuated in October after Trump megafan Cesar Sayoc allegedly sent pipe bombs that passed through the facility.

    That same center reportedly is still home to a huge number of uncounted mail-in ballots. Two sources that spoke to the New Times described what they saw as “scores of ballots.”

    Local activists demonstrated outside the mail facility and at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department over the uncounted ballots — but according to an official with the Elections Department, the ballots are now invalid.

    Spokesperson Suzy Trutie said the office is aware of the ballots but according to its reading of state law, mail-in ballots not delivered to the department by 7 pm on Election Day “could not be counted toward the 2018 total.”

    “Not everybody mailed back in time,” Trutie told the New Times. When asked if the ballots “had been sitting inside the Opa-locka center undelivered on Election Day — or when the place was evacuated,” the spokesperson referred the newspaper to the U.S. Postal Service.

    The report went on to note that a reporter with a local CBS affiliate reached out to the USPS about the ballots and was told the department has “no information to suggest any ballots were not properly handled and provided to local election officials” per its “established process.”

    • Anonymous November 13, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Somebody’s been getting election obstruction coaching from Georgia. Way to eliinate even more “likely Democratic” ballots.

      I want to know who is responsible for them being loced up.

      Further, I think there may be a valid lawsuit here. These ballots were delivered to the UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, a division of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. As such, they should be considered exempt from the law regarding delivery and should be counted as it was the USPS that failed in their duty to deliver them on time. If they’ve been there since OCTOBER, then these ballots were mailed in plenty of time to meet the deadline. It is an “act of god” as it were that delayed them.

      Yeah, there’s a lawsuit here.

      What can you say but, FLORIDA, where they can’t count without taking off their shoes. They have fucked up every election this millinium.

  5. Anonymous November 10, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    I look at it this way, if global warming continues and the republicans continue to deny it, we won’t have to worry about FL too much longer because it will be under water.

  6. I C Robot November 10, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    “On Thursday, April 4th, 1985, a blast of dystopian satire hit the UK airwaves. Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future was a snarky take on media and corporate greed, told through the eyes of investigative journalist Edison Carter (Matt Frewer) and his computer-generated alter-ego:
    an artificial intelligence named Max Headroom.”
    “Set in a near-future where global corporations control all media and citizens are hopelessly addicted to dozens of TV channels, the movie follows Carter — working for the mysterious Network 23 — as he discovers that network executives have created a form of subliminal advertising known as “blipverts” that can actually kill. Max became a singular ’80s pop culture phenomenon that represented everything wonderful and horrible about the decade. Max hosted music video shows; Max interviewed celebrities; Max hawked New Coke; Max Headroom became US network television’s very first cyberpunk series.”

  7. int November 10, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Palin likely has her hand in this mess. Since ’08 she has created nothing but shit disturbances. Damn you Palins!!

  8. Free Speech Message Board November 10, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Some Americans may have thought that tyranny would never come to the US because the rich, celebrities, media, politicians, and American people would resist.

    Who would have thought that the rich would loot the country by getting bailouts and subsidies while being the ones conspiring and building the police state by paying actors, singers, and atheletes to distract Americans with bread and circuses, using reporters to push propaganda, real crises, and false flags, and buying off and corrupting politicians with campaign donations and cushy job promises to start wars, import refugees that weaken and divide the US, drive up the debt, make laws that enslave Americans, and throw crumbs to pacify the 99% in the form of food stamps, Obamacare, Obamaphones, and public housing?

    The destruction of the USA is nearly complete.

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