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11,000 Votes May Be Missing in Florida Congressional Race

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  1. [4]
    neu
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    What is the rush for getting these votes counted? These candidates aren't filling the seats until January, I don't get why it's not in bipartisan interest to allow enough time for all votes to be...

    According to a schedule provided to Truthout by the Florida Fair Elections Coalition (FFEC), the deadline for finishing machine recounts and submitting those second unofficial results is Thursday, November 15, at 3 pm. Races that are close enough to require what is being described as a “manual” recount — where a limited number of ballots are counted by hand — must submit official returns Friday, November 16, by noon. Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher has already stated that her county will be unable to meet the deadline, calling it “impossible.” The statewide races where recounts are required are for governor, agricultural commissioner and Senate, where current Gov. Rick Scott maintains a razor-thin lead of 12,562 votes in his attempt to take a Senate seat away from his rival Democrat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson.

    What is the rush for getting these votes counted? These candidates aren't filling the seats until January, I don't get why it's not in bipartisan interest to allow enough time for all votes to be counted appropriately. They have already thrown out the machine recounts in three florida counties because they were late, one of those counties being Broward, which was two minutes late. What a joke.

    As someone living in florida, it really doesn't give me a lot of confidence in future elections. We could really benefit from having the UN come in and sort this out, because we are clearly incapable of coming to any agreement.

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      eladnarra
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      It makes me wonder when those deadlines were put into law. How much has the number of people voting in elections increased since then?

      It makes me wonder when those deadlines were put into law. How much has the number of people voting in elections increased since then?

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      1. neu
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        I found this article which gave a bit more details on the state of the recounts. I could be mistaken but it seems that the Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, would have put those deadlines in place...

        I found this article which gave a bit more details on the state of the recounts. I could be mistaken but it seems that the Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, would have put those deadlines in place when he ordered the recounts. It didn't say for sure in the article, other than the state finalizes elections on Nov 20th.

        EDIT: This article actually goes into quite a bit more details about the state deadlines. Doesn't indicate when the laws were put into place, though.

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    2. Gaywallet
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      Well manual recounts are only likely to happen in counties where there is a high proportion of absentee ballots, or the race is close. By discounting these ballots they are selectively choosing a...

      What is the rush for getting these votes counted?

      Well manual recounts are only likely to happen in counties where there is a high proportion of absentee ballots, or the race is close. By discounting these ballots they are selectively choosing a particular kind of candidate - it's a kind of electioneering very similar to voter ID laws and gerrymandering.

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