Palm Beach supervisor of elections skipped deadline, Scott's campaign says

Deadline for Palm Beach to submit unofficial results is midday Saturday

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his opponent in the midterm election race for a Senate seat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson have pending cases alleging ballots were mishandled.  

In one of Scott's lawsuits, Palm Beach County supervisor of elections' was unable to meet her 7 p.m. Friday deadline to provide ballot information and she was requesting an emergency hearing. 

Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher's attorneys filed a motion to request a hearing for emergency reconsideration, Palm Beach's ABC News affiliate WPBF reported.  

Meanwhile, Scott's campaign released a statement saying Bucher was refusing to comply with the court order "to submit overvotes and undervotes to the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board for review."

The Palm Beach canvassing board began reviewing ballots at 10 a.m., and the Palm Beach Post reported the process continued on Friday night. Bucher also has a 12 p.m. Saturday deadline to submit unofficial midterm election results. 

Nelson's campaign and and the Democratic Executive Committee of Florida filed a lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner over a "complete lack of uniformity" in the handling of vote-by-mail ballots and the signature matching process that is used to validate them. Nelson wants those ballots to count. 

"This entirely standardless, inconsistent, and unreliable signature matching process, which has a disparate impact on People of Color and young, first time voters, violates the prohibition against undue burdens on the right to vote," the lawsuit says.

Former Rep. Patrick Murphy of Palm Beach Gardens, a Democrat, reported on Twitter to Politico's Marc Caputo that his ballot was not counted because of an "invalid signature" match. 

"Must overhaul these ridiculous barriers to voting," Murphy wrote. 

MIDTERM ELECTION DATES

Nov. 10: Unofficial results are due by 12 p.m. 

Nov. 15: Machine recounts are due by 3 p.m. 

Nov. 16: Military/overseas counted

Nov. 18: Hand recount due by 12 p.m. 

Nov. 20: Results are certified

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