The deeply purple state will learn Saturday whether there will be recounts in the bitter and tight U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson; and in the governor's race between former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum.
DeSantis led Gillum by 0.52 percent as of Thursday morning, above the half-percent margin that triggers an automatic machine recount.
In the governor's race, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday it's readying for a possible recount.
Adding to the legal woes, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told Detzner that her voting equipment, certified by his office, can't recount ballots in more than one race at one time.
And the recounts now have echoes of 2000: Gillum's campaign has hired Barry Richard to represent them during the recount.
Recounts won't be ordered by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Gov. Scott appointee, until after the deadline of noon on Saturday for counties to submit final, unofficial election returns.
Scott's lawsuit against the Palm Beach County supervisor, filed in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, in part, alleges that his campaign representative was not allowed to witness the process by which elections staff create true duplicates of any ballots that may have been damaged.
The center of Democratic voting concerns are in Broward County, the second most populous county in Florida, where lawyers believe there is an issue with how voters were calculated for Nelson. Unfortunately, Florida residents hadn't actually voted yet, leading viewers to speculate about what exactly was going on at the network.
If the current numbers hold, the margin of victory is small enough to meet the state's requirements for a machine recount.
"What's going on in Florida is a disgrace", he said. The Georgia race was marred by widespread allegations of voter suppression carried out by Brian Kemp, who is Georgia's secretary of state.
Nelson's campaign released a statement saying Scott's action appears to be politically motivated and borne of desperation.
Republican candidate for Florida governor Ron DeSantis speaks during an event put on by the Police Benevolent Association in Palm Beach County, on October 3, 2018.
In a statement, Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Juan Penalosa said: "This race is too close to call, and there are still thousands of votes to be counted".
"Under votes" are likely to become rarer in the future as more counties switch to EViD operating systems, which let poll workers verify voters' information electronically when checking them in to vote. Since 2000, when Florida decided the presidency by 537 votes in a contest that took more than five weeks to sort out, the state has seen many close elections, but never so many dead heats in one year.
Elias said he's concerned that a third of the votes in the Florida Senate race are still unknown. Over votes are ballots in which scanners detected that voters marked more than one choice for Senate.
"He didn't even know what the hell we were doing with the election", Lux said.
In Miami-Dade, only provisional and overseas ballots remained uncounted. Florida voters fill in paper ballots by hand using a pen and no longer cast the punch-card ballots that produced the infamous "hanging chads" in the 2000 presidential election.
Chaos erupted outside at the Broward Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill when an impromptu protest appeared ahead of Friday's canvassing board review of 200 provisional ballots.