Machine Recount Completed

Wednesday the 14th, the Charlotte County Canvassing Board reconvened at 9 am to complete the machine recount of the 2018 election.  The third day of counting focused on write-in ballots for Governor and Senate. Supervisor Stamoulis opened the session by explaining that it was possible for a voter to write in a candidate’s name rather…

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The real fraudster in Florida

  There is fraud in Florida’s U.S. Senate race. Mitch McConnell just perpetrated it. Florida has still not certified a winner in the contest between Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott. Elections officials are recounting the vote after the initial tally showed the two separated by a mere 13,000 votes of some 8 million cast. (Read opinion in…

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Florida Recount: Here’s how a manual recount would work

Machine recounts are underway across Florida, but it’s already clear the state’s supervisors of elections are hurtling toward daunting manual recounts under extreme time constraints later this week. At least two critical statewide races — for U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner — appear destined to hinge on elections officials examining tens of thousands of ballots,…

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Democrats Observe Charlotte County Machine Recount

Editor’s note: Charlotte County DEC member David Finster was an observer inside the ballot counting room at the Supervisor of Elections offices on Nov. 12th. Here is what David witnessed: A team of Charlotte County Democrats gathered at the Punta Gorda Historic Courthouse on Monday, November 12th to observe the machine recount of three statewide races…

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Charlotte County expects to recount 88,000 ballots

Charlotte County elections officials began the machine recount of ballots Monday as part of the Florida statewide recount of the Governor, US Senate, and Agriculture Secretary Races. Observers from the Charlott Co. DEC and other interested parties closely watched the process. Bill Nelson (D) and Rick Scott (R) are separated by a mere .15% of…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A good day for democracy

CharlotteDems.com editor’s note: The following letter to the editor from Charlotte DEC member Teresa Jenkins was published in the Sun on Monday, Nov. 12th: Editor: Trump insisted that the midterm elections would be all about him. And they were. Trump’s overt racism, lying, bullying and assault on civility did not sit well with those voters…

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Rick Scott’s slimy claim of fraud

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s apparent victory over incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) was one of Democrats’ bigger disappointments on Election Day. But the margin was close enough to trigger an automatic recount, and since Tuesday, Scott’s lead has narrowed from 56,000 votes to just more than 12,000 votes. So, in a preview of the…

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