The manual recount is supposed to come to a close today for Florida. So it wouldn’t be Florida and this election without a final screw-up by Broward.
Palm Beach was in the running for grabbing the incompetence crown after they apparently damaged a machine counting the votes by feeding a paper clip into it causing it to short-circuit.
But Broward grabbed the crown back by mixing in the Senate ballots with the ballots they were recounting for the agriculture commissioner recount.
But then, Snipes announced, over 2000 ballots went missing.
According to Snipes they were “misplaced” and were “in the building.”
The ballots were discovered missing after there was a discrepancy between the recount returns and the original unofficial returns. Snipes said some members of her team did not have as much training as others and possibly misplaced the ballots in the wrong tray during the machine recount.
Snipes added that the vote totals and the number of people who participated in the election matched with the original unofficial returns.
How is that possible if ballots are “missing?”
Or shouldn’t anyone try to make sense out of this debacle?
While 2000 votes may not make a huge difference in Rick Scott’s Senate race, it might make a difference in the agriculture race and lower races.
Snipes now says they are petitioning the state to use the original count totals as the official totals according to the NBC report. Unbelievable. The machine count can’t be used because Broward was two minutes late in filing them.
If that would vitiate the votes we know that Scott and possibly the Republican agriculture commissioner may have gained in the recount because they wouldn’t count. Not to mention whatever down-ballot races that might effect.
HT: TwitchyNote: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.