It appears Palm Beach County can’t catch a break following last week’s midterm elections.
With razor-thin margins in Florida’s top races last week, and with the county and its Supervisor of Elections, Susan Bucher, coming under fire amid recounts and questions about ballot integrity, it now appears that after one and a half days of tallying votes, the ballot counting machines have reportedly broken down.
BREAKING: ballot counting machines break down in Palm Beach County – Susan Bucher says they have to rerun all early vote tallies in Senate Race – that already took them a day and a half to tally @WPBF25News
— Terri Parker (@wpbf_terri) November 14, 2018
Palm Beach County and neighboring Broward County have been the target of a lawsuit by Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott, who is still battling against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson for the state’s senate seat. A judge ordered the county’s deadline to tally the votes extended for five days while Bucher, a Democrat, announced that bad equipment would prevent her office from meeting the Thursday deadline.
The machines in Palm Beach County reportedly began to give incorrect tallies on Tuesday after overheating on Monday, according to WPBF. The machines were repaired and back up and running, but the early voting ballots had to be once more be re-counted.
— WPBF 25 News (@WPBF25News) November 14, 2018
“Ultimately we have to extract the early votes, reorganize those ballots and count them again,” Bucher said of the 175,000 ballots.
“We are disappointed by the mechanical problems that are going to cause a further delay in the recount,” she added, saying that since the early ballots originally took a day and a half to recount, to tally them again will probably take the same amount of time.
The re-count for the race between Nelson and Scott was originally expected to be ready by Tuesday night. Recounts still need to be done for the the state’s races for governor, agricultural commissioner, and a House district seat.
News of the broken machines – and the recount of the recounts – was met with the collective sound of heads crashing to desks on Twitter.
I don’t believe her..
— Steve M (@BigDadSteve) November 14, 2018
OH COME ON https://t.co/NEbIYsGrqx
— RBe (@RBPundit) November 14, 2018
I call baloney. How could they break down in such a way that the memory card was wiped? And more than 1? And conveniently right after Nelsons team files a lawsuit to extend the deadline.
— Zaggs (@Zaggs) November 14, 2018
— A White Hispanic #2A ?? (@awhite_hispanic) November 14, 2018
You don’t say. They all just happened to break just now huh?
— Kyle (@703Kyle) November 14, 2018
This is humiliating.
— Clown Dawg (@poemclown) November 14, 2018
What a shit show! That place is a joke.
— The Patriot (K) (@1PunchSena) November 14, 2018
At what point do we all get to agree that something smells.
— smelvis (@BlueelvisEric) November 14, 2018
Are people in Florida okay with all of this? Is this all too much of a coincidence?
— Jackson Raj Nadar (@jack_nadar) November 14, 2018
No! We are not okay with ANY of this!!!!
— SwampSagacity (@Swamp_Sagacity) November 14, 2018
It’s worse than a 3rd world country. What a joke. One of the richest counties in the country and they can’t get it right. Pathetic.
— Troy Hunter (@Hunter14Troy) November 14, 2018
Must’ve needed to add more D votes.
— Ken (@Bandaidken) November 14, 2018
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