Broward mixed ballots from Senate race in agriculture commissioner manual recount

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Broward County’s second day of manual recounting came to a halt after just over an hour after it began Saturday morning, when lawyers from both political parties pointed out volunteers were counting incorrect ballots.

On Friday, hundreds of volunteers sorted through about 32,000 undervotes and overvotes in the U.S. Senate race between Bill Nelson and Rick Scott. Saturday, volunteers began sorting through about 22,000 undervotes and overvotes for the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture race between Nikki Fried and Matt Caldwell.

Lawyers discovered several of the 10,000 overlapping ballots, which clearly marked a vote for the agriculture race but were unclear in the Senate vote.

“It appears there may have been some envelopes from yesterday mixed in,” said Broward Canvassing Board Judge Deborah Carpenter-Toye.

Republican lawyer Joe Goldstein asked for a do-over to Saturday’s manual recount so the offending ballots — he said he saw around 10 — were fully sorted out.

“The recount should cease until that is corrected,” he said.

But the canvassing board decided to keep counting and have volunteers flag any incorrect ballots to be removed from the day’s count. Carpenter-Toye said the board hadn’t received any incorrect ballots up to that point Saturday morning.

Volunteers finished counting around 9:30 a.m., leaving several boxes of ballots for the canvassing board to certify before the day’s work was completed.


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