Florida election recount nears its deadline in three statewide races

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Election staffers around Florida are fighting a battle against the clock with less than 48 hours until the recount deadline Thursday at 3 p.m.

In Palm Beach County, Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, already said it will be impossible to meet the deadline in all three statewide races.

Bucher said her office plans to prioritize the highly contentious senate race between Governor Rick Scott and Senator Bill Nelson.

Nelson’s legal team has already filed suit to get the deadline extended.

“This process is about one thing – making sure that every legal ballot is counted and protecting the right of every Floridian to participate in our democracy,” the Nelson campaign wrote in a press release.

In nearby Broward County, embattled Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes admitted Tuesday her office did make mistakes.

Snipes signaled she plans to step down after all the votes are recounted.

“It is time to move on — to let somebody else — maybe it will be one of you guys out there,” Snipes said. “You’re steeped in election business.”

President Donald Trump weighed in on Twitter Tuesday morning. He suggested the two counties may be “finding” votes.

 Lee County employees contributing to the Florida election recount on Tuesday. Photo via WINK News..

Lee County employees contributing to the Florida election recount on Tuesday. Photo via WINK News..

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it has seen no evidence of that.

Meanwhile, in Lee County, Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle said the recount is going smoothly.

Some of the people observing the process said the rest of the state should follow Lee County’s lead.

“Oh yeah, I believe 100 percent it’s getting done right here,” Nicky Bornschein said, an observer at the Lee County recount site. “I can’t say I’m more confident in the people that I’m not personally observing. I can only observe what I can observe sitting here.”

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