Finally after all the nutty fail subsequent to the election, Florida has finally come to a decision in the Senate race after the hand recount.
Scott was declared the winner with a final count of some 10,000 votes over his Democratic opponent, Sen. Bill Nelson.
Nelson has in fact conceded, proving that he is not as much of a sore loser as Stacey Abrams in Georgia.
Scott had been leading by more than 50,000 votes after Election Day but controversy ignited after that vote began to be chipped away and the election in officials in Broward and Palm Beach County failed to comply with the laws. Broward, for example, failed to comply with reporting laws as to reporting the total number of votes and reporting the updates to the counts at regular intervals.
That prompted concerns about the security of the election and focused a spotlight on those counties.
And their problems continued into the recounts.
From Fox News:
After getting off to a slow start, embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes boasted Thursday about making the state’s deadline for machine recounts.
“We are excited to be at this point,” she said Thursday afternoon.
A few hours later, election officials were forced to admit the county had uploaded the results of the recount two minutes after the state’s 3 p.m. cutoff — making its machine recount tally void.
“Basically, I just worked my ass off for nothing,” Joseph D’Alessandro, Broward County’s election planning and development director, said.
They also had 2040 ballots go “missing,” it’s not clear what happened to them or if they were counted.
And other Senate race votes were mixed in with agriculture race recount ballots.
Jeb Bush, who had appointed Brenda Snipes despite the fact she was a Democrat, called for her to step aside after the fiasco.
Snipes herself said, “It’s time to move on.”
Palm Beach also continued to have problems in the recounts, not meeting the machine recount deadline with machines shorting out in part because someone tried to feed a paper clip into the machine.
Election supervisor Susan Bucher said the county found “dozens of precincts missing a significant number” of votes and indicated there may be entire boxes of ballots that weren’t counted, according to a report in the New York Times.
She also blamed the county’s issues on mechanical errors and said the scanning machine overheated. It got so bad that she had to fly in two mechanics to fix the problem. The technicians, though, witnessed Palm Beach County workers jam a paper clip into the scanner’s “enter” button to slow the high-speed scanner down. That action caused a short circuit that cut off the power.
The recounts are estimate to have cost $2 million.
Thankfully, it’s finally done. For this election.
But it’s not at all clear that “all the votes” were counted. And that really needs to be fixed for the future. This can’t happen again in 2020.