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November 13, 2018

Florida recount chugs along as more irregularities surface

Florida’s election recount is chugging along as more irregularities are uncovered and a judge asked the warring sides to “ramp down the rhetoric,” saying it erodes public confidence in the election for Senate and governor.

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One county revealed Monday that it had allowed some hurricane-displaced voters to cast their ballots by email – a violation of state law. Another had to restart its recount after getting about a quarter finished because someone forgot to push a button. And in oft-criticized Broward County, additional sheriff’s deputies were sent to guard ballots and voting machines, even though a judge said no Republican who has publicly alleged fraud in the county’s process – a list that includes President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott – has filed a criminal complaint or presented evidence.

“An honest vote count is no longer possible” in Florida, Trump declared Monday, without elaborating. He demanded that the election night results – which showed the Republicans leading based upon incomplete ballot counts – be used to determine the winner.

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