Florida Gov. Rick Scott announces lawsuit against Palm Beach, Broward counties
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday night he's filing a lawsuit against Palm Beach and Broward counties alleging the elections supervisors there are trying to steal his victory over Sen. Bill Nelson for Nelson's seat.
"I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida," Scott said.
Florida law mandates a recount if the winning candidate's margin is less than .5 percent. Scott, a Republican, held a 0.21 percentage lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson on Thursday afternoon.
Scott said both Palm Beach and Broward are still counting ballots and that Palm Beach is violating the law by not letting official party representatives witness the vote count. He said he's asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate.
"It's been 48 hours since the polls closed and Broward and Palm Beach counties are still finding and counting ballots," Scott said. "Supervisors Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher can not seem to say how many ballots still exist, and where these ballots came from and where they have been. The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency and the supervisors are failing to give them to us."
He said he refuses to allow a "ragtag group of liberal activists" to steal the election.
"There are 67 counties in Florida. Only these two counties are involved in these shenanigans. There are no other counties, Republican or Democrat, that are trying to steal this election or are still finding ballots. Some believe this is simply rank incompetence. That is clearly true, but it would also be naive to not realize they could be trying to over-rule the people of Florida."