Florida Gov. Rick Scott Sues Broward County Election Supervisor

Scott’s lead over Nelson has shrunk since Tuesday

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has sued the Broward County supervisor of elections for failing to provide information about ballots that have been counted in his race against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.  (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has a dwindling lead over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, took legal action Thursday night against Broward County for failing to provide information about ballots that have been counted.

He and the National Republican Senatorial Committee sued Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, while Scott also called for a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Investigation into Broward County’s handling of ballots. 

In the lawsuit, Scott and the NRSC allege that Snipes is “unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed.”

Scott announced the suit and his call for an investigation at a press conference at the governor’s mansion Thursday night.

“The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency and the supervisors are failing to give it to us,” Scott said.

“Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. And the Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has a history of acting in bad faith,” he said.

The Senate race between Nelson and Scott is likely headed for a recount. Democratic lawyer Marc Elias, who is representing the Nelson campaign, on Thursday morning predicted that the margin would necessitate a hand recount

President Donald Trump weighed in late Thursday with a tweet, alleging “another big corruption scandal” involving election fraud in Broward County.

During the 2000 presidential election, Democratic candidate Al Gore sought a hand count of ballots in several Florida counties, including Broward County. The Supreme Court, in Bush v. Gore, stopped the recount, leaving George W. Bush with the majority of electoral votes and the presidency. 

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