Ex-Dem lawmaker: My vote in Florida wasn’t counted due to signature issues

Ex-Dem lawmaker: My vote in Florida wasn’t counted due to signature issues
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A former Democratic lawmaker in Florida said Friday that his absentee ballot for the midterm election was not counted due to an “invalid signature” match.

Patrick MurphyPatrick Erin MurphyFirst Iraq vet to serve in Congress endorses Buttigieg Sen King, Rep Gallagher to chair bipartisan commission to defend US in cyberspace Biden endorsed by more than one-third of Florida Dem state legislators MORE, a former congressman, said in a tweet that incumbent Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonAl Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE (D) and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum were both missing votes from him in Palm Beach County.

Florida is potentially facing recounts in the Senate race between Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott (R), as well as the race for governor between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) and former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida governor orders criminal investigation into handling of Jeffrey Epstein case Groups ask court to block ex-felon voting law in Florida GOP Florida governor enlists new officer to prepare state for rising sea level MORE (R).


Votes from Palm Beach and Broward counties are still coming in, cutting Scott’s lead over Nelson to just 0.18 percentage point.

Meanwhile, the margin in the gubernatorial race between Gillum and DeSantis narrowed to just 0.44 points on Thursday evening. 

A recount is automatically triggered in Florida if two candidates are within 0.5 points of each other, and a hand recount is mandated with a margin of 0.25 points or less.

Scott on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, alleging her office withheld records regarding how many people voted, how many ballots have been counted and how many more votes remain untallied in Broward.

He accused “unethical liberals” of trying to “steal this election.”

“The people of Florida deserve fairness and they deserve transparency and the supervisor of elections is refusing to give it to us,” Scott said.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE on Thursday said that that law enforcement was looking into potential "election fraud" in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

“Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!” Trump echoed on Twitter Thursday night.