Rick Scott sues elections supervisor over ballot count

Gov. Rick Scott's Senate campaign suing Broward County elections supervisor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott's Senate campaign is suing the Broward County elections supervisor to turn over records regarding how ballots are being counted.

Scott's campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee filed a lawsuit late Thursday demanding that Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes be ordered to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots cast in Tuesday's election.

They are seeking an emergency hearing as the votes must be certified by noon Saturday.

Scott claims tens of thousands of ballots are being discovered in Broward County, and he said Snipes doesn't have an accurate count of how many ballots were actually cast.

At a news conference on Thursday night, Scott claimed Broward County announced there were 634,000 ballots cast on Election Day.

He said Thursday morning, the number went up to 695,700 ballots.

He said Thursday afternoon, the number went up to 707,223 ballots, and on Thursday evening, his staff said the number went up to 712,840 ballots.

"So it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed, and Broward and Palm Beach counties are still finding and counting ballots, and the supervisors -- Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher -- cannot seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been," Scott said.

The lawsuit was filed about the same time Scott ordered state law enforcement officials to investigate the Broward and Palm Beach voting operation.

Scott has a narrow lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and the race may be headed to a recount. His lead narrowed as final ballots in heavily Democratic Broward and Palm Beach counties were counted Wednesday and Thursday.

No one answered at Snipes' office late Thursday.

Sen. Bill Nelson's campaign spokesman Dan McLaughlin issued a statement saying that all votes should be counted accurately and that Scott's action "appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation."

“If Rick Scott wanted to make sure every legal ballot is counted, he would not be suing to try and stop voters from having their legal ballot counted as intended," Sen. Bill Nelson said in a statement. "He's doing this for the same reason he's been making false and panicked claims about voter fraud -- he's worried that when all the votes are counted he'll lose this election. We will not allow him to undermine the democratic process and will use every legal tool available to protect the rights of Florida voters.”

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