Florida Recount! The Gillum v. DeSantis Race Is NOT Over

Florida is always an interesting place when it comes to elections.  From the hanging chad fiasco of 2000, to a plethora of congressional districts that did not pass Constitutional muster, the state is known for problems with it politics. Even after Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) conceded to Agricultural Commissioner Ron Desantis (R), Gillum supporters refused to give up. All around the sunshine state, volunteers have been working with elections officials to “cure” any provisional ballots that needed it. They have called people and even driven them to the Supervisors of Elections offices in every county.

This work has paid off as there remains a mere .47% of the vote count separates the two men. Florida law mandates a recount be done whenever the difference is under one half of a percentage point or .5%. As of 5:15 pm EST, Gillum was behind by only 36,333 votes, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

Many of the “new” votes for Gillum were from provisional ballots that had been “cured.” When people show up at  the wrong polling place, do not have a government-issued ID, or supply a signature that does not completely match the one on their voter registration card, those ballots are put to the side. In order to have them counted, this needs to be rectified with the Supervisor of Elections. The date and time deadline for that for Tuesday’s election was Thursday, November 8th at 5:00 pm EST.

The president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, Patricia Brigham issued a statement that said, “We want to make sure all eligible voters who cast a ballot have their vote counted. Providing voter information to campaigns would violate Florida’s Constitution according to election officials, but we do want to urge those who cast a provisional ballot to make sure their vote counts by providing the necessary ID or documentation to their county supervisor of elections before today’s deadline. The LWV has long advocated for a thorough and accurate process of counting provisional ballots. All ballots must be counted. We will be monitoring closely and taking further action as needed if necessary.”

The Gillum Campaign Responds

Johanna Cervone, the communications director for the Gillum campaign issued this statement, “On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count. Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported. Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount. Mayor Gillum started his campaign for the people, and we are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted.”