The ongoing saga of the midterm elections in Florida continues with no winners yet called. After days of Democrats calling for a fair election in which every vote is counted and Republicans screaming “fraud” because their candidate was ahead on election night and they want the vote called that way, a new announcement came on Thursday.
BREAKING: Florida's Broward County submitted recount numbers 2 mins late and therefore results will not count pic.twitter.com/V54G2baJ29
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) November 15, 2018
Broward County election officials said on Thursday that they submitted their recount numbers two minutes late for the deadline. Because of that, not one of the millions of votes from the people of Broward County are not being counted.
NEWS from @AnnieGrayerCNN, who's been at Broward County every day this week: The director of elections announced they uploaded their new recount totals 2 minutes late, so they Sec of State did not accept them. Broward has to use the unofficial results from before the recount.
— Daniella Díaz (@DaniellaMicaela) November 15, 2018
While Florida will move now to a hand recount since the margin between candidates remains under 0.25 percent for both the Senate and Department of Agriculture, but Broward County’s vote for governor will not be counted. Instead, their numbers will include only the unofficial total submitted on Saturday night.
NBC Miami reports that:
‘That means all of the recount efforts over the past five days were thrown out. Elections worker Joe D’Alessandro told the canvassing board the delay was due to his “unfamiliarity with the website” used to upload the results.
‘”We uploaded to the state two minutes late so the state has chosen not to use our machine recount results and they are going to use the first unofficial results as our second unofficial results,” D’Alessandro said.’
We are broadcasting The Beat live from Broward County tonight and there’s a lot going on pic.twitter.com/qy5RZJhLDT
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) November 15, 2018
This disenfranchisement of voters includes active-duty military members, all of whom had to vote by mail. It also includes the disabled and homebound elderly as well as anyone who voted provisionally or by mail for other reasons.
Broward County misses the recount deadline by 2 minutes so all was for naught and they will go with the original results. I should be this strict with my students regarding assignments. pic.twitter.com/vB93VXlNR3
— Matt Lammers (@ARbestsoc) November 15, 2018