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Manual electoral process results in higher voter trust, says pollster

HarrisX CEO Dritan Nesho said on Monday that a manual electoral process results in more of a trust in the process among voters. 

"I wonder if making the voting process more technologically advanced would actually cause voters to lose trust," Nesho told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." "Because of all of the issues with cybersecurity in the technology space."

"So I actually think that the fact that it is a manual process, the fact that you could actually go and have a hand recount on an election is what attributes to the trust and to the legitimacy that the process has," he continued. 

Nesho's comments come after Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) defeated incumbent Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display Florida Democrats mired in division, debt ahead of 2022 Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE (D-Fla.) in the state's Senate recount battle

The contest ended after a hand recount on Sunday after a machine recount showed the two candidates separated by only about 12,600 votes, or 0.15 points.

Scott was ahead of Nelson by less than one point on Election Night, but as votes started coming in from heavily Democratic Broward and Palm Beach counties, Scott's lead narrowed considerably. 

Republicans, including Scott and President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE, raised the prospect of election fraud as the recount took place, while Democrats used a series of federal lawsuits to challenge the state's voting laws.

Nelson conceded defeat over the weekend as did Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who lost a close election to Republican Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Top Florida Democrat calls on FBI to investigate DeSantis over vaccine distribution Rick Scott caught in middle of opposing GOP factions MORE.

— Julia Manchester