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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As election departments across the state begin the process of recounting the votes from the 2018 midterm elections, the candidates whose races will be decided by the count are speaking out.

“Even if it takes you into the middle of next week, you better count every vote. We’re not going to be shushed. We’re not going to be sat down. We are not going to be ignored,” said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum during an address at New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale.

Others have appealed to the courts.

“Senator Nelson is clearly trying to commit fraud by trying to win this election, that’s all this is,” said Republican Governor Rick Scott on Fox News.

Scott is challenging Nelson for his Senate seat. The governor has filed three lawsuits against election supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties, demanding to know what went wrong when it came to counting ballots.

The first suit claims Broward Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes counted a certain number of ballots after the noon deadline on Saturday.

“I’ve asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to do an investigation to find out what happened here, but we clearly know the judges have already said they clearly violated the law,” said Scott.

The other two lawsuits request that law enforcement impound the voting tabulation equipment from Broward and Palm Beach after the machine recount is completed.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson responded to Scott’s actions with a statement.

“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. 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.”

On Tuesday, President Trump weighed in with Tweet from France.

There is no basis for Trump’s claims.

Gillum said Republicans are trying to limit the ballot results for a win.

“If you wonder why the President of the United States, the junior Senator of the United States, Mr. Rubio, and the sitting Governor of the state of Florida are fighting like you know what to stop a vote count that ought to tell you something,” he said.

Gillum’s opponent, Republican Ron DeSantis, chose to stay out of the fray over the weekend.

“It is important that everyone involved in the election process strictly adhere to the rule of law which is the foundation for our nation,” he said.

Governor Scott’s office has indicated that he and DeSantis met over the weekend to begin planning the transition.

Comments (47)
  1. Jasamine Molly says:

    You did mean “legal” votes. Oh wait, It is Broward County. The only illegal votes are those that are not for the Democrat.

    1. Michael Clark says:

      They are arguing for counting provisional votes by non-citizens. If you count “every vote” you must by inclusion count all illegally cast votes. Socialists love to be the ones counting the votes because they make up the rules as needed.

      1. Dan Roth says:

        They just want to count votes for the Democrats. They figure any vote in Broward for a Republican must be a mistake. Dr. Snipes has been there way too long and needs to be fired. She has been involved in way too many vote problems. She is either incompetent, lazy or crooked, take your pick. The efforts by the Democrats to steal the election are failing because the Republicans jumped on the mess right away. Normally they wait so as not to be called all kinds of names. They have not recently cared when the Democrats call them a bunch of names. They just demand an honest election whether the Democrats agree or not. Clearly, when the Democrats would have gotten enough phony votes to win then they would want everything shut down. Frankly, I am from Palm Beach County and am sick of the Democrats. They need to go and go fast.

  2. Christian Martyr says:

    Translation: Every Democratic vote must be counted – again and again and again until they win.

  3. Mike France says:

    The reason we have laws is to prevent anarchy. Apparently Democrats prefer anarchy.

  4. Christian Martyr says:

    Shocking I say.. that the corrupt mayor of the most corrupt city in Florida would do something illegal and support election fraud.

    When the ballot boxes were stuffed, it was customary to empty the ammunition boxes. The correlation between gun control and electoral fraud is no coincidence.

  5. Robert Benjamin says:

    “every vote” as in even those by ILLEGALS. Another friggin politician who will do anything, even promotes illegality to gain office.

  6. Mark David says:

    No, you better verify every vote first, before it is counted. You don’t get to break the law.

  7. Misty Rainier says:

    Democrats don’t have to win, they CHEAT!

    1. Carey Mitchell says:

      “The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.” – Joseph Stalin

  8. Word on the street is that the voting process in Broward County has been closely monitored by Federal Government investigators for 10 months. This is going to get very hot and explosive when the investigations are released. Does not look good for the democrats.

  9. You mean every LEGAL vote, right? I love these so-called warnings from these socialist election thieves.

  10. I’d rather they just counted the LEGAL VOTES!

  11. Fred Stevens says:

    Its obvious vote fraud. But this is only in Florida where the Democrats got caught. This is going on nationwide.

  12. I just love it when these creeps use the language of the civil rights era to try and make it look like they’re being denied something based on their race or some other typical lie. Well that’s not going to fly anymore. The eyes of the world are upon you now!

  13. Django Campos says:

    If the election were held again today, Gillum’s margin of loss would be much wider, now that the public has gotten a taste of his character.

  14. Mcs Vette says:

    Hey corrupt socialist.. who shushed you? if nothing else, you are trying to shush your opponent using fake accusations of racism and other bs…

  15. Why is he sending in more voter’s ballots????

  16. No sense voting ever again, Floridians. Your Democrat masters will tell you who your rulers are. Don’t dare resist.

  17. Michael Wolfe says:

    The dimocrats will keep crying for recounts until they manage to steal enough votes to ‘win’ the election. Lock ’em up.

  18. MathPhile says:

    How anyone, raised by descent people, could be a Democrat in this country is a mystery to me. They can’t do anything without cheating. Every day we have to breath bad air from people like Gillum and the other black cheaters create…not to mention the army of liberals, who would do our country a favor, if they were all teleported to another planet.

  19. Eric Liscom says:

    Standard Democrat play book….lie, cheat, steal….and if caught, scream that it’s they other side that did it, etc…. For them it’s all about power…they’ll do whatever it takes to get the power they crave….

  20. Samuel Green says:

    As a lifelong Democrat, and Florida voter, I’ve voted GOP across the board since Barack, the narcissistic, backstabbing, and the least transparent President in US history duped me in 2008

    Unfortunately for Mr Gillum, Florida voters have already spoken, and no amount of hanky panky going on in Palm Beach/Broward County is going to get him the governorship of Florida.

    Broward County is amazing, they repeatedly & illegally hinder the voter counts to see how many votes the Democratic party needs, rather than being honest and simply count the eligible votes. It’s sad to see these people maneuvering to achieve their goal by trying to manipulate the vote count using any and all means, illegal or not.

    Rogue Democrats like Wasserman Schultz and this Broward bean counter belong in a federal prison, as they are TRAITORS to democracy, defending democracy is something I was proud to do during my military service, only to have these rogue democrats walk all over what soldiers like myself affirmed to protect, with our very lives.

    I’m embarrassed to be a Democrat these days.

  21. tngilmer says:

    “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” – Joseph Stalin

  22. The Cowards of Broward need to face prison time. Snipes should be doing prison laundry for 20 years.

  23. David Lethe says:

    No basis for Trumps claims?? The judge proved otherwise when he demanded the DNC follow state laws.

  24. Roger Edward Harris says:

    Hold on Cup Cakes, the Democrat smears, scams and fraud voting have just begun.

  25. Rod Grutza says:

    CRIMINAL GILLUM should be behind bars, and yeah, he should SHUT UP.

  26. MH Thomas says:

    An easy way to tell what Democrats are up to is to listen to what they accuse Republicans of doing.

  27. Jeff Smith says:

    No one is “shushing” anyone, Andrew. The problem is democrats “finding” whole boxes of ballots a week after the election and a democrat lawyer arguing that illegal aliens vote should be counted. THAT’s the problem and, if justice still exists in Florida, the reason you will NEVER be governor.

  28. Richard Davidson says:

    Gillum’s action now tell me I was right to vote for the other guy!