Dark cloud hangs over Sunshine State with partisan political rancor amid Sunday's recounts in Broward & Palm Beach counties

YouTube download / AP video / (11 Nov 2018) The recounting of Senate and gubernatorial ballots is underway in Florida's second most-populous county after it fixed problems with its machines.
 
Post-Elections 2018 / Headline SurferBy HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Amid continuing partisan political rancor from both sides, the court-mandated recounting of ballots for US senator and Florida governor was well Sunday underway in Broward County and across the Sunshine State.  

The recount of 700,000 votes in Broward, the second most populous of Florida's 64 counties, was delayed for three hours early on early on because a machine wasn’t registering all ballots when it was tested. GOP party observers on hand insisted all the machines and that task was carried out in earnest.

Elections staff have more than 3.5 million pages to sort before they can start the actual recount — a task estimated to take up to 35 hours, said Joseph D’Alessandro, director of election planning and development, according to a story in the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale.

The situation in Palm Beach County is even more unsettling with Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher telling CNN anchor Ana Cabera in a live broadcast that there is no way her staff can meet Thursday's statewide deadlines for completion of the recounts, blunting describing it as "impossible."

There was plenty of partisan rancor from both major parties, with a new term added to the equation: voter suppression, as suggested by Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor, who initially conceded defeat to Republican Ron DeSantis on election night and then took it back, saying every vote needs to be counted.

Florida's secretary of state on Saturday ordered the statewide recounts with a deadline of Nov. 15 for completion of the counting of ballots for two of the nation's most talked-about races out of Florida: US senator and governor.

In the senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott's leads Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson by less than 0.25 percent. And in the race for governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, the former congressman, is ahead of Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by less than 0.5 percent in unofficial voting from Tuesday's midterm elections.  

Recounts underway in Florida for US Senator & Governor / Headline SurferFlorida's secretary of state on Saturday ordered the statewide recounts with a deadline of Nov. 15 for completion of the counting of ballots for two of the nation's most talked-about races out of Florida: US senator and governor.

In the senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott's leads Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson by less than 0.25 percent.

And in the race for governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, the former congressman, is ahead of Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by less than 0.5 percent in unofficial voting from Tuesday's midterm elections.  

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.