The Republican candidate for the United States Senate and current Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, today filed lawsuits against the electoral supervisors of the Broward and Palm Beach counties in the south of the state, due to the delay in the recount of votes.
At a press conference held tonight, Scott said that in the case of the Broward, whose supervisor is Brenda Snipes, the lawsuit filed with the National Republican Senate Committee is because this county has failed to complete the vote counting of the mid-term elections held on Tuesday.
The Republican alluded to the reduction of the advantage he had with his opponent, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, since Tuesday night, when the "victory was projected in around 57,000 votes", up to about 15,000 current, according to the latest official accounting.
Broward was the only one of the 67 counties in Florida that until today had not handed over the scrutiny of the anticipated votes, which ended on Sunday.
Shortly before the press conference, Sniper, electoral supervisor since 2003, had a rough encounter with local journalists during which she said that they are counting "five or six pages of each of the people who voted."
Scott denounced that "unethical liberals are trying to steal these elections" and that "left-wing activists are showing up with more ballots than anyone knows where," and then demand that state authorities investigate the process.
The governor of Florida, who offered the press conference from the Governor's Mansion, an official address, was alarmed at the appearance of some 15,000 ballots in Palm Beach, whose election supervisor, Susan Bucher, has also sued as a candidate .
The text of the complaint states that the representatives of the parties were prevented from "adequately witnessing the processing and duplication of absentee ballots physically damaged."
"The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are accurately counted and counted, Rick Scott's action seems to be politically motivated and born of desperation," the campaign spokesman said shortly after the Republican conference. Nelson, Dan McLaughlin.
Scott now leads the Democrat Nelson by just over 15,000 votes (0.18%), a difference that would require a recount of the votes.
By law, a second count is required if the advantage between two candidates is less than 0.5 percentage points, and must be done manually if the margin of difference is only 0.25 points.
"Counting votes is not partisan, it's democracy," Democratic candidate for state governor Andrew Gillum wrote on his Twitter account, who after acknowledging his defeat on Tuesday night said he was hopeful with a favorable outcome.
According to the latest official data, not yet definitive, now only separates DeSantis and Gillum 36,223 votes (0.44%), a difference significantly less than the more than 80,000 votes that were on Tuesday between them, when the Republican was proclaimed winner and the Democrat did not question that statement.