Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio thinks something fishy is going on in Florida. Rubio alleges that "41 hours after polls closed Broward elections office is still counting votes?"
"Florida law requires counties report early voting & vote-by-mail within 30 minutes after polls close," Rubio wrote on Twitter. "43 hours after polls closed 2 Democrat strongholds #BrowardCounty & #PalmBeachCounty are still counting & refusing to disclose how many ballots they have left to count."
GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel is keeping close eye on the matter. "What’s happening in Florida is unacceptable. The #Broward Elections Supervisor has been pulling stunts like this for years and we’re not going to let her get away with it," she tweeted.
Florida statutes mandate that the "canvassing board shall report all early voting and all tabulated vote-by-mail results to the Department of State within 30 minutes after the polls close" and that "thereafter, the canvassing board shall report, with the exception of provisional ballot results, updated precinct election results to the department at least every 45 minutes until all results are completely reported."
The state code continues, "The supervisor of elections shall notify the department immediately of any circumstances that do not permit periodic updates as required."
Vote totals in several major races in the state are changing rapidly. GOP Senate candidate Rick Scott, also Florida's governor, was ahead of Nelson by roughly one-fourth of one percentage point as of Thursday morning, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The paper also said the agriculture commissioner candidates were separated by only 0.06 points. That race flipped in favor of the Democratic candidate on Thursday afternoon.
OK. This is weird. A teacher just happened to find this “Provisional ballots” left behind at the school from Election Day. It was found in an old cafeteria of the school.
Sorey: “I wasn’t touching it. I don’t want anybody to say I tampered with anything. But I want to make sure that if there are votes in there that they’re counted”
“It makes me question everything that’s going on—just the fact that I want every1’s vote 2B counted”
Sorey said she spotted the box before leaving school about 4 p.m. She spoke to her principal who advised her not to touch it. She also spoke later to a state rep who referred her to me
For those folks unfamiliar with a provisional ballot, it's cast by a voter whose eligibility is in doubt. The ballot is placed in a sealed envelop & unsealed by the canvassing board. A voter by 5 pm today was supposed to have proved his eligibility to have his vote count
A few folks are asking about the teacher noticing the box: it was in the old cafeteria of the school, and it apparently blended in with other stuff and she just happened to see it at the end of the day