Florida Recounts Midterm Election Votes


Robert King

Votes being counted carefully by hand to ensure no fraud.

Kathleen Toblesky, Photojournalist

After the 2018 midterm elections came to a conclusion on November 6, trouble arose in counting the votes. Florida’s votes are being questioned for their validity and went under a recount to confirm whether or not they ring true.


Whether or not the votes were valid came into question when Rick Scott claimed fraud in the counting of votes in Broward county, according to PolitiFact. However, while this county does have a history lawsuits and voting issues, Scott did not provide any evidence for the alleged fraud.


Later in a Fox News interview, Scott claimed that one of Nelson’s lawyers said “a non citizen should have the right to vote.” On this basis, this leads him to believe that some of the votes previously counted were not legal, thus making them invalid in the process.


Given that the Democrats and Republicans were both fighting vigorously over who would take control of Congress, it comes as no surprise that they will jump at any chance to grasp  an open seat. With the seat in question belonging to a swing state, both had a chance to take it as theirs.


Finally, on November 16, the recount came to an end. However, rather than the votes being counted up correctly, according to New York Times, Bill Nelson conceded, allowing Rick Scott to take the seat of Florida’s new Senator.


“Now the campaign truly is behind us, and that’s where we need to leave it,” Mr. Scott said in a statement at Capitol Hill on Sunday according to the New York Times. “We must do what Americans have always done: come together for the good of our state and our country.”


This isn’t the first time Florida has made a debacle of their elections. Back in 2000, a recount was held for the Presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. While it did end with Bush coming ahead for the win, it went down as a huge fiasco for the generation.


Florida is well known as one of the country’s infamous swing states, never seeming to want to pick one side or the other. This fact has been further shown in these midterms where the stakes were high for which side would be controlling the houses of Congress.


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