Are Democrats actually trying to steal statewide elections in Florida? That seems to be the crux of several reports coming from the Sunshine State.
On Thursday, for example, Fox News and others reported that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said two Democrat-controlled counties in the state have reported a “slow drip” of thousands of additional ballots that strangely enough, are favorable to Democrat Party candidates for statewide office, including incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson.
According to Fox:
Liberal lawyers, Rubio said in an extraordinary series of tweets that alleged incompetence if not outright complicity by Florida officials, are “descending on” the state in a calculated attempt to “change the results” and “try and steal” races for Senate and agriculture commissioner.
Rubio’s explosive posts come as a recount now appears imminent in Florida’s high-profile gubernatorial contest between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, based on new vote totals — even though Gillum has already conceded.
“Florida law requires counties report early voting & vote-by-mail within 30 minutes after polls close,” Rubio wrote on Twitter. “43 hours after polls closed 2 Democrat strongholds #BrowardCounty & #PalmBeachCounty are still counting & refusing to disclose how many ballots they have left to count.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 8, 2018
Fox News also noted that Florida law mandates that the “canvassing board shall report all early voting and all tabulated vote-by-mail results to the Department of State within 30 minutes after the polls close” and that “thereafter, the canvassing board shall report, with the exception of provisional ballot results, updated precinct election results to the department at least every 45 minutes until all results are completely reported.”
“The supervisor of elections shall notify the department immediately of any circumstances that do not permit periodic updates as required,” state law further says.
But, Rubio said, that’s not what’s been happening.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, these two blue bins,circled in the attached picture,hold the ballots that remain to be counted in #BrowardCounty as of 4:20pm this afternoon. Almost 48 hours after the polls closed. pic.twitter.com/EJxJYxq9XG
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 8, 2018
There’s more. According to the Sun-Sentinel, there were some 24,000 more votes for the gubernatorial race in Broward County than there were for the Senate race:
Meanwhile, questions continued about why more than 24,000 people voted for governor but not for Senate in Broward.
On Thursday afternoon, the latest tally in the governor’s race had the two candidates separated by 0.47 percent. In the Senate race, there was 0.22 percent difference.
“Something very strange happened in Broward County. I’ve never seen a top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate race get fewer votes than EVERY OTHER statewide election,” said Politico’s Marc Caputo.
Something very strange happened in Broward County.
I've never seen a top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate race get fewer votes than EVERY OTHER statewide election.
So more voters wanted to weigh in on governor AND attorney general AND state CFO AND agriculture commissioner? pic.twitter.com/XkxCi05Wc7
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 8, 2018
Moreover, Gov. Rick Scott, who is locked in a tight race with Nelson, said that 15,000 additional votes were “found” in Palm Beach County and an additional 78,840 additional votes were counted in Broward County after the election. Worse yet, he said that Palm Beach officials have refused to provide information to the public.
And, he added, “they are illegally refusing to allow official party representatives into the ballot counting area and forcing people to stand behind a glass wall with limited visibility and no ability to hear what is going on.
“This is a clear violation of Florida law – and we have just filed a lawsuit,” he said.
He further stated:
I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the people of Florida.
Senator Nelson hired one of Hillary Clinton’s lawyers from D.C., and the first thing he did was tell reporters that he is here to win the election. He did not say that he wants a full and fair election or even an accurate vote count. Here are some other things he has said.
In 2010: When his democratic client in Minnesota was leading by 8,000 votes, he said the lead was ‘insurmountable.’
In 2014: When his democratic client in Virginia was leading by 12,000 votes, he said there was ‘no precedent’ for a successful recount. He also said that recounts ‘really only happen where you are talking about dozens or a few hundred votes separating the candidates.’
In 2013: When another one of his democratic clients in Virginia was leading by only 165 votes, he said that recounts ‘do not tend to change the results.’
In 2016: When his democratic client in North Carolina was leading by 10,000 votes, he called it a ‘close but significant margin’ that would be ‘insurmountable.’ He also called on the opponent to ‘graciously concede’ rather than waste taxpayer money on a deficit that could not be overcome.
Again in 2016: When his client Hillary Clinton had lost the presidential race, he wrote an article highlighting that the margin of 10,704 votes in Michigan quote ‘well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount.’
“Now, he is here to try to steal the election, and to try to thwart the will of the voters of Florida,” he said.
Here’s video of his press conference:
Nelson’s office responded by calling Scott’s actions politically motivated: “The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately. Rick Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.”
Additionally, Cassandra Fairbanks tells us that Tim Canova, a progressive who ran as an Independent against Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, said he has warned of election rigging by Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes for months.
“Brenda Snipes and the rest of her crew at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections do not deserve any presumption of impartiality, honesty, integrity, or competence. Snipes illegally destroyed the ballots cast in my 2016 primary against Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Yet, there’s been no criminal investigations by state or federal law enforcement agencies,” he told Fairbanks.
The hits keep rolling in with Brenda Snipes. A woman in Minnesota who hasn’t lived in Broward County for 5 years received an absentee ballot for our race against Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Photo below. Well done, Brenda. Well done. https://t.co/KJ7w0mQrUt
— Tim Canova (@Tim_Canova) November 9, 2018
WND also noted that “a circuit court judge ruled earlier this year that Snipes broke federal and state law by too quickly destroying ballots from the August 2016 primaries amid a lawsuit seeking access to the ballots.”
Snipes, however, has dismissed concerns expressed over her work as an elections supervisor, Fox said:
“I think the problems are blown out of proportion,” Snipes said in October, in an interview with The Miami Herald. “Broward is nitpicked to the bone. Other places have the same problems, different problems. It’s just that they are not spotlighted like we are.”
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