Marco Rubio on recount: Broward, Palm Beach failed to follow law

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Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio went on the offensive to complain how Broward and Palm Beach counties elections officials handled early and absentee voting.

This comments came after vote tallies two days after Election Day flipped the Agriculture Commissioner race, tightened a voter gap in the U.S. Senate race and moved the gubernatorial totals into automatic recount range.

“Florida law requires counties report early voting and vote-by-mail within 30 minutes after polls close,” he wrote on Twitter. “Forty-three hours after polls closed two Democrat strongholds Broward County and Palm Beach County are still counting and refusing to disclose how many ballots they have left to count.”

Ironically, he tweeted after an influx of ballots came in from Suwanee County.

As Democrats step up their own efforts to hunt down votes and dispatch election observers to every county in Florida, Rubio digitally guffawed at the drastic vote changes tallied on Thursday afternoon.

He noted the swing in the Agriculture Commissioner contest, where Democrat Nikki Fried now leads Republican Matt Caldwell, whom Rubio endorsed in July.

Rubio said that since 3 a.m. Wednesday, a “slow drip” of votes from the two counties helped cut Gov. Rick Scott‘s lead in the Senate race against Sen. Bill Nelson from around 54,000 to 17,0000.

Importantly, Rubio did not call for officials to stop counting votes.

On Thursday evening, Scott said he has asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Broward and Palm Beach counties’ Supervisor of Elections, calling them a “rag-tag group of liberal activists.”

“I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida,” Scott said during a news conference at the Governor’s Mansion.

Nelson’s campaign has aggressively promised to see a recount process through, promising they are in the recount game “to win.”

Importantly, the state remains in the midst of its first tabulation of votes. Should the margin between candidates in any race remain within 0.5 percent of total votes cast, Florida law calls for an automatic recount. Should the total at that point remain within 0.25 percent, then a manual recount will be triggered.

The Agriculture Commissioner and Senate race both fall within the manual recount margin now.

And today, the gubernatorial election between Republican (and apparent winner) Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum tightened to machine recount margins.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Molly Ball

    November 8, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    They’re counting all those late votes as fast as their little Dem activists can fill ’em out. What a bunch of CRAP. This BETTER not be allowed to stand or it’ll be a Blue Wave of late cheat votes across this entire country!

    • Barbara Semonasky

      November 9, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Agree and this is just what a lot of us thought would happen Pelosi in town day before and Shultz should be in jail so we know her district is crooked

  • Bette

    November 8, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    What’s going on is absolutely ridiculous and not lawful. It’s going to come back to bite you!!!!

  • Sandra Shoop

    November 8, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Isn’t Florida the “hanging chad” state? When are they going to learn how to have an honest election?

    • David Humphrey

      November 9, 2018 at 2:08 am

      It’s time for a national voter election regulation and database that works in real time. AZ has several hundred thousand mail in ballots that haven’t come it. We don’t have that many actice duty military, so the rest must be registered voters living out of state. Double voting?

  • alyr

    November 9, 2018 at 6:24 am

    Florida law requires counties report early voting and vote-by-mail within 30 minutes after polls close,

    He SHOULD have called for NONE in this category to be included in the count after Tue. Problem is they loaded them already so the FRAUD IS DONE.

  • ed c

    November 9, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Someone needs to inform Rubio that this is a state issue and we have state laws for recounts . He should butt out and go do his job whatever that is . Oh and Mr Rubio Bay county has a population of 180 thousand and Broward county has 2 million maybe that is why it is taking longer to count votes . Especially write in votes that may still be in the mail waiting to be delivered . Per Rick Scott provisional write in votes are provided to anyone who choses to vote by mail can . Those votes need to be opened and processed by hand . If Rick Scott would not have reduced early voting times they would be done counting

    • James

      November 9, 2018 at 9:52 am

      If you send in a mail-in ballot too late to get there by the deadline, then it should not count at all. I don’t believe they would count in Alabama, at least. I’ve voted absentee there for the last 9 years or so because I work out of state but maintain my residence in Alabama. And no….I don’t “double vote”, but I’m Republican. I know the Coms aren’t that honest.


      November 9, 2018 at 9:56 am

      By “write-in” I assume you actually mean “mail in” or absenttee ballots. Write-in is a totally different thing. If the election is already over and mail-in/absentee ballots are still arriving, why should they be counted? Does FL not have laws in place that say all absentee ballots MUST arrive by x days prior to the election? if not, it should. Election officials have to be able to collect those ballots and mark the voter rolls to indicate that those voters have already voted, PRIOR to sending the rolls out to the voting places.

    • Gerard

      November 9, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      Yeah right

  • Michael

    November 10, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Here is my theory. The Florida ballots were already swapped out with fake Democrat votes and when it wasn’t enough they “found” the real ballots to cover the gap. That way if the newly discovered ballots are challenged, they will appear legitimate. Unfortunately the rigged ballots already got into the count on election day. The dems undrestimated how much it would take to steal the election that is why the count keeps growing.

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