While the heavily armed districts in South Florida were looking for a deadline on Saturday to report election results, Republican Rick Scott's lead over Democrat Bill Nelson in the US Senate race shrank to only 12,562 votes of nearly 8.2 million votes cast, which resulted in a recount.
Voice totals on the posted Saturday showed the margin in the marquee race in the country's largest battlefield state with 0.015 percent, close enough to trigger a recount by the machine. Also hitting that threshold was the race for governor between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, who sits on a slightly larger cushion of 33,684 votes on Gillum.
In the provinces of Broward and Palm Beach on Saturday morning, lawyers from both sides had ballot papers in which the intention or suitability of the voter was doubtful when the minutes progressed to a deadline of twelve hours. Scott's ever-smaller lead due to counting votes has led to court cases and raucous street protests reminiscent of the 2000 controversial elections, as well as President Trump's allegations of election theft & # 39;
Scott, who also made allegations of fraud, used his pulpit on Saturday to encourage Florida sheriffs to monitor any violations of electoral legislation.
But the President and Governor's allegations were undermined on Saturday by the Florida Department of State, which said in a statement stating "no evidence of criminal activity at the moment." The Division, which oversees elections, had two observers sent to observe Tuesday's vote in Broward County as a result of a lawsuit about wrongly handling ballots in a 2016 congress contest.
A government department spokeswoman, Sarah Revell, said the observers were sent to "check the management of the elections, including visiting polling stations during the day as needed and observing the preparation of the voting equipment and procedures for the election." continued counting votes this week.
Nelson accused Scott of using his office's power to try to secure his Senate profit. Earlier this week, the governor called for enforcement by the state of the state to investigate the South Florida ballot – a probe that the state agency has refused to commence until now because the Foreign Office has not presented any accusations of fraud.
According to Florida law, a state-wide recount is performed when the profit margin is less than 0.5% and a manual recount is ordered if the margin is less than 0.25%. The Governor's race does not seem to meet the standard for manual recount, according to the Saturday count.
A manual recount is defined as "a manual recount of overvotes and undervotes reserved for the recount of the machine", with the emphasis on ballots in which voters skipped a race or voted for two candidates in one race.
Civil servants of both parties have focused much of their anger on Brenda Snipes, supervisor of elections in Broward County, Forida's second-largest county and the site of the "hanging chads & # 39; and other irregularities during the hearing in 2000.
In a short interview Snipes brushed away the criticism. "It's a bit like a hurricane, where things really get excited for a while and then pass," she said. "I do not know when this will pass, but it will happen."
The fight also takes place at national level, as the Scott campaign arranged for Senator Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) To complain about counting votes in a conversation with reporters. He compared the situation in Florida with the controversial confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Graham encouraged Scott to report to Washington next week for orientation for new senators, regardless of the recount. "If the recount goes, the recount goes," Graham said.
Scott campaign manager Jackie Schutz Zeckman said the governor's team was still busy with his planning.
Sean Sullivan contributed to this report.