The elections supervisor of Palm Beach County says it’s impossible to meet the Thursday afternoon deadline to complete the three Florida recounts, The Palm Beach Post reports.
“I will tell you that the secretary and the legislature and the governor have been extremely aware that with the election equipment we have, the potential of conducting all of these is impossible,” Supervisor Susan Bucher said in an interview Saturday. “We have asked the secretary if there was any consideration to extend the deadline and he said ‘no.’”
Florida’s races for Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner are being recounted. The most closely watched recount is the Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Rick Scott, Florida’s governor.
Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Michael Barnett on Sunday told CNN Secretary of State Ken Detzner, “may go ahead and certify the elections for our candidates” if Palm Beach isn’t able to meet the deadline.
"In that case, you can bet your butt there will be lawsuits filed everywhere."
Volunteers are using eight machines to recount, and Bucher said the county is bringing in extra workers to help with the process. If two candidates in any of the three races are separated by a margin of 0.25 points or less after machine recounts, hand recounts will be triggered.
In addition to the race between Scott and Nelson, there are also state-mandated recounts in the race for governor between former Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, and Andrew Gillum, a Democrat.
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