US District Chief Judge Mark Walker sided with Florida Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign this week; granting an injunction that extended the deadline to review votes with “mismatched ballots” until 5pm Saturday.
According to Town Hall, the judge effectively delayed Florida’s high-stakes recount well into the weekend and possibly beyond as the nation waits to see the outcome from the Sunshine State’s race for Governor and Senate.
“The precise issue in this case is whether Florida’s law that allows county election officials to reject vote-by-mail and provisional ballots for mismatched signatures — with no standards, an illusory process to cure, and no process to challenge the rejection — passes constitutional muster,” Walker writes in his ruling. “The answer is simple. It does not.”
Sen. Nelson filed a lawsuit earlier this week that urged Florida counties to extend their deadlines to ensure “every vote is counted.”
h/t Town Hall
DEMOCRAT DO-OVER? Liberal Senator Urges Activists to ‘Get Down to Florida’ if There’s No Recount
Democrat Senator Chris Murphy urged liberal activists across the country to “adjust their schedules” and “get down to Florida” if Republicans “stop all ballots from being counted.”
Murphy posted his comments on social media after state officials weighed a manual recount after Republican Rick Scott held a slight lead over Democrat Bill Nelson.
“Republicans will try to use the courts to shut down a full recount. Just get ready for this – adjust your schedules bc we may all have to get down to Florida if they try to to use the courts to stop all ballots from being counted,” tweeted the left-wing lawmaker.
Republicans will try to use the courts to shut down a full recount. Just get ready for this – adjust your schedules bc we may all have to get down to Florida if they try to to use the courts to stop all ballots from being counted. https://t.co/VSDSDfnEjE
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 8, 2018
The move echoes similar comments from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who demanded that “every vote” be counted and urged supporters to contact their local County Supervisors.
MIDTERM MAYHEM: More ‘Irregularities Surface’ in Florida Recount
More “irregularities” surfaced Tuesday in Florida’s ongoing recount for last week’s highly-contested midterm election, with new reports revealing hurricane-displaced voters were permitted to vote via email -a clear violation of state law.
According to the Associated Press, “Florida’s election recount chugged along Tuesday as more irregularities are uncovered” for the Sunshine State’s Senate and gubernatorial races.
“One county revealed it had allowed some hurricane-displaced voters to cast their ballots by email — a violation of state law. Another had to restart its recount after getting about a quarter finished because someone forgot to push a button,” added the AP.
A White House spokesperson slammed Florida’s handling of the recount; calling the events “incredibly frustrating” and saying, “We’re confident Rick Scott will be the next senator of Florida.”
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