A federal judge gives Florida voters until Saturday to correct signature problems in the election recount…
Federal court judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee on Thursday ruled that thousands of voters whose votes weren’t counted because of issues with their signatures on their mail-in or provisional ballots have two more days to challenge the decision.
“The precise issue in this case is whether Florida’s law that allows county election officials to reject vote-by-mail and provisional ballots for mismatched signatures — with no standards, an illusory process to cure, and no process to challenge the rejection — passes constitutional muster,” Federal court judge Mark Walker wrote in the ruling. “The answer is simple. It does not.”
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) November 15, 2018
On Thursday, a federal judge in Tallahassee threw yet another wrench into the process of finalizing the vote tallies in the battle for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat between incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and GOP Gov. Rick Scott. As the 3 p.m. deadline approached for counties to report the results of a machine recount in the races for the Nelson-Scott race, as well as the elections for governor and agriculture commissioner, U.S. District Court judge Mark Walker, who was nominated to the U.S. District Court by former president Barack Obama in 2012, extended the deadline to Saturday at 5 p.m. for voters whose votes weren’t tabulated due to signature problems.
Scott leads Nelson by 12,652 votes while GOP governor nominee Ron DeSantis leads Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum by 33,633 votes.
The Orlando Sentinel reports, “According to state data presented during a five-hour hearing Wednesday, with 47 of the 67 counties reporting, there were 3,781 ballots rejected for mismatched signatures, including 467 in Orange County.” More
Mark Walker is an Obama-appointed judge that’s not complying with Florida law. 65 out of 67 counties in Florida met the standard. They are making a mockery of the system. Should they throw out the counties who couldn’t complete the task? Is it time for SCOTUS to get involved?
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Ridiculous! The votes should be forfeit, the people should rid themselves of the people responsible, and correct future elections!
— Robert M. Kelly (@robert_m_kelly) November 15, 2018