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Will Florida’s vote counting deadline be extended? Attorneys for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson file lawsuit Tuesday to give elections supervisors more time

BY: - November 13, 2018

Attorneys for Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday calling on the Florida Secretary of State’s office to extend the deadlines for the machine and hand recounts in his race for U.S. Senate throughout the state. A Leon County court case Tuesday also raised the possibility of extending […]

Runoff

What Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis are doing as the recount continues

BY: - November 13, 2018

What do you do when the election won’t end? The two candidates in the Florida governor’s race recount are finding out. Democrat Andrew Gillum, who trails Republican DeSantis by 33,684 votes, has been traveling Florida, meeting with supporters gathered in churches as Florida’s 67 counties continue a machine recount that is supposed to end on […]

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ACLU of Florida announces new executive director

BY: - November 13, 2018

Micah W. Kubic, head of the ACLU in Kansas, will be the new executive director for the ACLU of Florida beginning in January. He’ll replace Howard Simon, who is stepping down from the Florida civil liberties organization later this month, after more than 20 years of service. “Like Kansas, the state I have spent the […]

Florida’s election – again – lands in national news spotlight

BY: - November 13, 2018

Florida’s election’s process has again attracted a national spotlight, with major news outlets such as National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post and The Hill taking a closer look at the shadows cast by the Sunshine State’s recent Nov. 6 election. The New York Times asks in one Sunday headline: “Uncounted Ballots, […]

Supreme Court

FL election is on a fast and furious train of lawsuits and stakes are high. When will it end? At the U.S. Supreme Court?

BY: , and - November 13, 2018

Florida’s general election is now on a split trajectory, with counties still tallying recount ballots while a mounting legal battle ensues, spanning cases in both federal and state courts that raise questions about conflicts of interest and questionable intervention in the voting process. In the federal cases, Constitutional issues are at stake that could tip […]

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Bay County Supervisor of Elections allowed voters to vote by fax and email, a violation of state law

BY: - November 12, 2018

After Hurricane Michael ravaged parts of the Panhandle last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott relaxed or waived voting rules for eight counties affected by the storm. The problem: His directive did not include allowing voters to vote by email, though that’s what happened in Bay County. Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Anderson acknowledges he […]

In the FL Panhandle’s Walton County, Confederate-era flag still flies

BY: - November 12, 2018

While other places around the country have been getting rid of Confederate flags and monuments, residents of Walton County in northwest Florida voted to keep a Confederate-era flag flying above the county courthouse in DeFuniak Springs. Nearly 65 percent of Walton County voters said yes on Nov.6  to a referendum question on the November ballot […]

Broward County Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 12

Broward County judge denies request to impound voting machines

BY: - November 12, 2018

(Updated )Saying that he saw no evidence to do so, Broward Circuit Chief Judge Jack Tuter today rejected a request for an injunction from Rick Scott’s U.S. Senate campaign to impound voting machines, ballots and tallying devices. However, the judge did agree with the Scott legal team that “there needs to be some additional layer […]

Don’t forget: Three Florida Legislative races are cliffhangers and are undergoing recounts

BY: - November 12, 2018

While recounts in two pivotal Florida races – Florida Governor and U.S. Senate – are garnering state and national attention, don’t forget three of the legislative races that are cliffhangers. Over the weekend, Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered machine recounts for each of those three races: /In State Senate District 18, part of Hillsborough […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Scott’s glaring conflict of interest

BY: - November 12, 2018

With alt-right conspiracy theorists flocking to the Broward County elections office in what they ominously call a “Patriot Surveillance Project” protest, Gov. Rick Scott summoned the media to the Governor’s Mansion last Thursday for an unhinged partisan campaign speech. He warned about “unethical liberals” “stealing this election” and announced he was calling the Florida Department […]

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Governor Scott’s U.S. Senate campaign files for emergency injunction to sieze Broward voting machines

BY: - November 11, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign now wants law enforcement to seize voting machines in Broward County and on Sunday he asked a judge to grant an emergency injunction to direct Broward Sherriff’s deputies and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents to do it. It’s not known when the Circuit Court judge will hear the case. The […]

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Gov. Scott continues election fraud claims but offers no evidence on Fox News

BY: - November 11, 2018

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Republican U.S. Senate front runner Gov. Rick Scott again accused his Democratic opponent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of “trying to commit fraud” as a statewide machine recount is now underway in their extremely close race for U.S. Senate. Scott continued to make the claim even though his own staff at […]