Scott to step down from elections board responsible for certifying results

Lawyer says governor, locked in close race with Nelson, will recuse himself

Republican Gov. Rick Scott is in a close race with Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Gov. Rick Scott will step down from the state panel responsible for certifying the results in the state's highly contested elections.

Daniel Nordby, a lawyer for the Republican governor, told a federal judge Wednesday that Scott will recuse himself from the state's canvassing commission.

The commission is a three-member panel that officially signs off on election results in state and federal races.

Scott is locked in a tight Senate race against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson that is the subject of an ongoing recount.

The League of Women Voters of Florida and another group have filed a lawsuit seeking to remove Scott from any official control over the election.

Scott appoints the state's chief election official responsible for ordering recounts. Ballots, however, are counted by local election officials.

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