A federal judge reportedly blasted Florida as the “laughingstock of the world” on Thursday after state officials have repeatedly failed to anticipate problems in elections.

“We have been the laughingstock of the world, election after election, and we chose not to fix this,” U.S. District Judge Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan NCAA to consider allowing student athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness Members spar over sexual harassment training deadline MORE said in court, according to The Associated Press.

Walker also reportedly criticized state lawmakers and Palm Beach County officials for not ensuring they had sufficient equipment for the ongoing recounts. The judge had ordered earlier Thursday that Florida voters whose signatures disqualified their mail-in and provisional ballots in last week’s midterm election must be given until Saturday afternoon to fix them.


His remarks arrive as all of Florida’s 67 counties are working to meet a 3 p.m. Thursday deadline for machine recounts. 

Several Florida counties have come under fire throughout the recount process, mainly from President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE and other Republicans, for their handling of votes — specifically Broward County and Palm Beach County.

On Wednesday, Trump became the latest Republican to call for the removal of Broward's supervisor of elections, Brenda Snipes, whose office has long been plagued by counting issues in the years leading up to the 2018 midterm elections. 

Broward County reported it finished its machine recount in the three statewide races late Wednesday, but officials in Palm Beach County have suggested they might not meet the deadline. 

Palm Beach’s supervisor of elections, Susan Bucher, said she believed they would make the deadline in the Senate race earlier this week. But due to machine mishaps, Bucher said the county is "in prayer mode to finish on time.”