Tag: Nelson, Bill (1942- )

Vote-Stealing Battle in Florida Portends More Distrust in System for 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The chaotic images out of Florida’s election recount last week — the brigade of Washington lawyers, the déjà vu meltdown of the tallying in Broward County, the vitriolic charges and countercharges — have prompted flashbacks among the electorate of the 2000 presidential election. Yet to the combatants […]

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Florida Recount Nears an End as Counties Finish Manual Tally

MIAMI — Florida’s turbulent midterm election appeared to near its long-delayed end on Sunday, as county officials concluded unprecedented statewide manual recounts to finally settle the race for the United States Senate. Rick Scott, the sitting Republican governor, was poised on Sunday to narrowly defeat Bill Nelson, the incumbent Democratic […]

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America’s Election Grid Remains a Patchwork of Vulnerabilities

County officials in Maryland miscalculated how many ballots they would need on Election Day — and quickly ran out in more than a dozen precincts. In New York City, voters were given a two-sheet ballot that jammed machines and caused delays and long lines. And in Georgia, some voters failed […]

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Here’s Why Florida and Georgia’s Election Day Has Turned into Election Week and a Half

For Florida and Georgia, two outsize states in the Deep South, Election Day hasn’t actually ended. What voters did not know when they cast their ballots on Nov. 6 was that nearly 10 days later, they would not know the outcome of Florida’s high-profile Senate race or Georgia’s contentious contest […]

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Florida’s Recount Nears End. But a ‘Significant Number’ of Votes Could Remain Uncounted

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — Florida was scheduled to wrap up a machine recount of its contested election Thursday afternoon, but officials in Palm Beach County said their tabulation equipment came up short “a significant number” of ballots in the final Senate tally, making it nearly impossible for the county to […]

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What Happens When Politicians Who Oversee Elections Are Also the Candidates?

MIAMI — It was only a week ago that Rick Scott, the Republican governor of Florida and candidate for the United States Senate, claimed on television that “rampant fraud” was perhaps imperiling his election to Congress, and that he was asking the state Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. Earlier […]

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In Florida Recount Fight, Democratic Lawyer Draws Plaudits and Fire

WASHINGTON — He has been accused of rigging the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries to thwart Bernie Sanders and facilitating a deluge of big money into politics. He helped arrange financing for the dossier of sometimes salacious and unverified claims about President Trump’s ties to Russia and now is under direct […]

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News Analysis: Inside the Republican Strategy to Discredit the Florida Recount

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The concerted effort by Republicans in Washington and Florida to discredit the state’s recount as illegitimate and potentially rife with fraud reflects a cold political calculation: Treat the recount as the next phase of a campaign to secure the party’s majority and agenda in the Senate. That […]

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Judge Urges Parties in Florida Election to ‘Ramp Down the Rhetoric’

MIAMI — The chief state judge in Broward County, Fla., urged the lawyers involved in the battle over the state vote recount on Monday to “ramp down the rhetoric” and take any accusations of electoral fraud where they belong: to the police. Chief Circuit Judge Jack Tuter refused a request […]

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Florida Braces for Vote Recounts in Senate and Governor’s Races

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — Florida’s 67 counties submitted their midterm vote tallies to state elections authorities in Florida on Saturday, setting the stage for a recount of three statewide races as the contests for Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner came in too close to call. Some candidates who saw comfortable […]

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A Mysterious ‘Undervote’ Could End Up Settling the Florida Senate Race

The vote count in Florida’s Senate race keeps getting tighter. Gov. Rick Scott’s lead over the Democratic incumbent, Bill Nelson, is down to 15,000 votes, and it’s likely to narrow further as provisional and late overseas ballots are counted. As the initial count concludes, one issue will loom over the […]

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Protests Erupt Over Possible Recounts in Close Florida Elections

LAUDERHILL, Fla. — Recount mania overtook Florida on Friday, harkening to the national drama of the 2000 presidential election as lawyers marched into court on two ends of the state, protesters demanded the ouster of a local elections official in the state’s second-largest county and a trickle of ballots continued […]

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Well After Election Day, Florida and Georgia Voters Still Wonder Who Won

ATLANTA — Two days after Election Day, the 31 million residents of Georgia and Florida still could not say for sure who had won three of their marquee political contests. Razor-thin and shrinking leads in the vote tallies on Thursday unleashed hordes of lawyers, talk of recounts and runoffs, and […]

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Five Lawmakers Call on U.S. to Investigate Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case

Five Democratic members of Congress called on Friday for the Justice Department to investigate a case in which a Florida man who shot and killed another man during an argument over a parking space was not arrested or charged by the sheriff’s office. The sheriff of Pinellas County cited Florida’s so-called Stand Your Ground law […]

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Trump Orders Establishment of Space Force as Sixth Military Branch

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Monday that he would direct the Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the armed forces dedicated to protecting American interests in outer space, an idea that has troubled lawmakers and even some members of his administration, who have cautioned that the action could create unnecessary bureaucratic responsibilities for […]

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