Tag: Scott, Richard L

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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The Real Florida Recount Fraud

Given the size of Rick Scott’s lead in the race for a United States Senate seat from Florida and Ron DeSantis’s lead in the race to be the state’s governor, most election experts agree there’s little chance that even the most exquisitely careful recount would deny these two Republicans victory. […]

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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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We’re Suing the Florida Governor. He Should Not Oversee His Own Election.

On Sunday, the Republican secretary of state of Arizona, Michele Reagan, did a stunning thing. She explained to America why it was taking so long to count the ballots in Arizona’s unresolved Senate race. Her explanation was thorough, sober, informative and nonpartisan. Most important, it helped foster confidence in the […]

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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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Uncounted Ballots, Overvoted Ballots: Why Is the Governor Claiming Fraud in Florida’s Election?

LAUDERHILL, Fla. — In the chaos that has swirled over the vote count in Florida following Tuesday’s midterm elections, one headline made its way ominously around the state: A teacher in Broward County had discovered a box labeled “provisional ballots,” left behind at the polling place at her school. Mishandled […]

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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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A Toxic Tide Is Killing Florida Wildlife

Florida has an algae problem, and it’s big. This year, an overgrowth in the waters off the state’s southwestern coast is killing wildlife and making some beaches noxious. The toxic algal bloom, known as a red tide, is not unusual. They appear off the state’s coast almost every year. But this one, still going strong […]

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Trump’s Summer Campaign Priority: Target Red-State Democratic Senators

NASHVILLE — President Trump is planning to focus his midterm campaigning this summer on red states with competitive Senate races where he has a deep reservoir of support and can bring a message devised to stoke partisan outrage. The strategy is intended to take advantage of his star power among core Republican supporters while minimizing […]

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