The problematic design of Broward County’s ballots could have given prominence to the Florida gubernatorial race in which Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum could become the state’s first Black governor.
Controversy over the design brewed as a machine recount of statewide ballots was ordered on Saturday, which prompted Gillum to withdraw his earlier concession of defeat to GOP rival Ron DeSantis on election night.
“Let me say clearly, I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromising and unapologetic call that we count every single vote. I say this recognizing my fate in this may or may not change,” he said at a news conference.
DeSantis led Gillum by fewer than 34,000 votes or a margin of .409 percent, which triggered an automatic machine recount under Florida law because the difference was less than half a percentage point, USA Today reported.
Broward County, a Democratic stronghold in South Florida, is at the epicenter of the tightly contested governor race, as well as the U.S. Senate competition between Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott.
One puzzling issue surrounds the fact that about 26,000 more voters chose a gubernatorial candidate but not a Senate candidate. The ballot design could explain what happened, NBC News reported.
The list of Senate candidates appeared buried at the bottom left column of the ballot, under the list of instructions. Candidates for governor, however, were placed at the top of the center column in a prominent position.
There could be tens of thousands of uncounted votes in Broward County, where Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is under scrutiny by Republicans. Broward was also at the center of Florida’s botched 2000 presidential election.
Meanwhile, DeSantis has declared himself the winner, even though the race is too close to call. His campaign released a video on Saturday restating its view that DeSantis, who had the full support of President Donald Trump, won the race.
Gillum dismissed his opponent’s claim to victory given the uncounted votes.
“What I do know is that every single Floridian who took time to go out to cast their vote, to participate in this process deserve the comfort of knowing that in a democratic society and in this process, every vote will be counted,” Gillum said.
This Is America: See The Countless Reports Of Voter Suppression In Georgia
1. Epic Lines
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Happen to know anybody who could do this in Georgia? 🤷🏽♀️ no voting at my dads polling site pic.twitter.com/zEyQmXwEq2— DG911 2lite (@_2lite) November 6, 2018
2. Three Voting Machines
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Ready to wait? Hundreds of voters stand in line for hours this morning at this SW Atlanta polling place. Only three voting machines! What’s going on here? Live report at noon. pic.twitter.com/lewTPUZnf1— Tom Regan (@tomreganWSB) November 6, 2018
3. 4.5 Hours To Wait To Vote...
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I’m at Annistown Elementary School in Snellville, GA, where hundreds of voters have waited 4.5 hours to vote today because electronic voting machines weren’t working pic.twitter.com/4BJLYVtiEL— Kira Lerner (@kira_lerner) November 6, 2018
4. Common Is Offering Help...Source: 4 of 10
5. Good Samaritans Are Feeding People Waiting In Lines...Source: 5 of 10
6. Voter Points Out The Smooth Lines In A White NeighborhoodSource: 6 of 10
7. A Comparison To 150 Years...Source: 7 of 10
8. NAACP Releases A Statement
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BREAKING: It is imperative no one be denied the crucial right to vote because of a county’s failure to provide properly functioning voting machines.— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) November 6, 2018
Read our letter calling to extend the voting hours in Gwinnett County, Georgia: https://t.co/BVNmyWjC0g #GeorgiaVoting pic.twitter.com/UxJTNhYpqn
9. More Voters, Less Workers...Source: 9 of 10
10. Even Eric Holder Is Speaking Out...
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4.5 hour waits in African American districts in Georgia. Good job Kemp. No one is surprised. And this guy wants a promotion to Governor? Be strong Georgia and vote for Stacey. @staceyabrams https://t.co/uW8c76CiWR— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) November 6, 2018
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