In the developing story of just how bad Broward County is at running an election, the Sun Sentinel reports the county’s machine recount results will not be accepted because Broward missed the deadline to submit those results by two minutes.
“Basically, I just worked my ass off for nothing,” said election official Joseph D’Alessandro. “We uploaded to the state two minutes late so the state has chosen not to use our machine recount results.”
HOLD UP. Broward just said they were actually 2 minutes late so their first total will count, *not* the recount. Also the discrepancy of 2,040 votes was due to a "comingling of ballots," said Joseph D'Alessandro https://t.co/F9AT93lJsC
— Alex Harris (@harrisalexc) November 15, 2018
According to spokesperson Sarah Revell, the Broward results were received after the 3 p.m. Thursday deadline so the Department of State was instead using a count submitted Saturday, November 10th.
Broward’s count has drawn accusations of impropriety from all corners, ranging from claims of fraud to Grit Post’s own previous reporting on severe breaches of protocol and “incurable uncertainty” they introduced.
As for the reason for the delay, D’Alessandro blamed being unfamiliar with the state’s website.
BREAKING: Florida's Broward County submitted recount numbers 2 mins late and therefore results will not count pic.twitter.com/V54G2baJ29
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) November 15, 2018
Palm Beach County, another liberal stronghold, also failed to submit machine recount totals on time, however in their case is was a breakdown of antiquated voting machines that caused delays, and not unfamiliarity with the submission procedure itself.
Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, also failed to report on time, citing an unexpected drop in the total number of votes.
These three counties will get a chance to try again, however, as a hand recount has been ordered in the Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D). Maybe this time Broward will be able to explain its strange results in that particular race.
“We have we have been the laughing stock of the world, election after election, and we chose not to fix this,” U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said in court Thursday.
Walker vented his anger while issuing a decision that allows voters with signature mismatches preventing their provisional or absentee ballots from being counted until Saturday to fix their ballots. Which is potentially good news for former Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-Florida) — his vote wasn’t counted either.
At being an electoral catastrophe, Florida continues to excel.
Katelyn Kivel is a contributing editor and senior legal reporter for Grit Post in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.