PB County says it will likely miss deadline due to bad equipment, Scott calls on sheriffs to ‘impound voting machines, ballots’

Now that Broward County and neighboring Palm Beach County have caught up with the other 65 counties in Florida in tabulating Tuesday’s election results, the focus moves to a recount in several tight races, to include the governor’s race and the U.S. Senate race.

And just as the aforementioned counties held the election outcome hostage for days with extracurricular counting, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher has let it be known her department will likely not be able to meet a Thursday deadline to complete the recounts, Fox News reported.

Her reasoning? Bucher, a Democrat, reportedly told the media that she did not expect to meet the deadline due to aging equipment.

That 65 other counties, to include larger countries, can perform their responsibilities without incident is lost on the two Democrat run counties.

If a county does not submit their results by the deadline, then the results on file at the time are accepted as the total, Florida Department of State spokeswoman Sarah Revell told Fox News.

As for the equipment excuse, Revel pointed out that as independent elected officials, supervisors of elections are responsible for maintaining and upgrading equipment.

Amid all the shenanigans, to include an intentional lack of transparency, in Broward and Palm Beach following Tuesday’s election, Gov. Rick Scott, who bested incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson last week in the Senate race, has filed multiple lawsuits and the courts have ruled in his favor in two of them.

Scott won by nearly 40,000 votes, but late counting in the two counties in question have whittled that lead down to just over 12,000.

“The Broward and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections has already demonstrated a blatant disregard for Florida’s elections laws, making it more important than ever that we continue to do everything possible to prevent fraud and ensure this recount is operated responsibly,” Scott spokesman Chris Hartline said in a statesmen, according to Fox News.

If Democrats thought they may pull the wool over someone’s eyes, they have picked the wrong guy in Scott, who has been fierce in his insistence that the counties abide by Florida law, to include being transparent in the process and meeting deadlines.

“We won’t allow unethical liberals to steal this election!” Scott the Senate candidate said in a tweet announcing his campaign has 7500 volunteers to oversee the recount process.

https://twitter.com/ScottforFlorida/status/1061419281731215360

Meanwhile, Democrats are flipping the narrative on the push by Republicans to ensure that counties follow the law in tabulating the vote, as seen when Marc Elias, a lawyer representing Nelson’s campaign, accused Scott of using his role as a sitting governor to influence the outcome of the election.

https://twitter.com/marceelias/status/1061727379129860097

In one of Scott’s lawsuits, he requested that state sheriff’s officers “impound and secure all voting machines, tallying devices and ballots when they are not in use until the conclusion of the recount.”

This coming after a court ruled in May that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes violated both state and federal laws when she destroyed ballots from a 2016 Congressional race while the ballots were the subject of a lawsuit.

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