Trailing Scott in Votes, Bill Nelson Is Now Suing to Change Florida’s Election Laws Trailing Scott in Votes, Bill Nelson Is Now Suing to Change Florida’s Election Laws – NTK Network

Trailing Scott in Votes, Bill Nelson Is Now Suing to Change Florida’s Election Laws

Bill Nelson hired a hot-shot attorney to help him negate a Florida election law designed to assure ballots are cast by registered voters.

By NTK Staff | 11.09.2018 @3:30pm
Trailing Scott in Votes, Bill Nelson Is Now Suing to Change Florida’s Election Laws

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is suing the Florida Secretary of State to overturn a Florida law that “requires county election officials to double check signatures of voters who cast provisional and mail-in ballots, and reject any that don’t match state records,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The lawsuit comes as Broward and Palm Beach counties continue counting ballots. Nelson trails Scott by about 15,000 votes.

Nelson’s high-profile lawyer, Marc Elias, blamed local election officials for what he described as “a complete lack of uniformity.” He said decisions about ballot qualification are being made by untrained, unqualified local election workers.

Here’s what Nelson’s lawsuit says, in part:

Nelson is asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida for an immediate injunction and to declare “that all voters who submit a (vote-by-mail) or provisional ballot, and whose ballots are subsequently determined to involve a signature mismatch, be counted as valid votes.” He also requests Saturday’s deadline to canvas ballots be extended until the legal matter is resolved.

Nelson’s lawsuit requests that every ballot cast be counted. But Florida law states that signatures on mail-in and provisional ballots must match signatures on record with the state. That law is designed to prevent someone from casting a ballot in someone else’s name, a form of voter fraud.

The problem for Nelson is that he never made any action to change Florida law prior to the election. His team believes mail-in and provisional ballots will boost his vote total, and those are votes he needs. Down in the total vote tally, Nelson’s lawsuit to arbitrarily change Florida election law has the appearance of a desperate Hail Mary pass as the game clock ticks to zero.

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