Florida Recount: There’s Still A Chance For Andrew Gillum To Bring It Home

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Written by Dana Sanchez

Volunteers at Andrew Gillum’s Miami Gardens campaign office cheered when they heard that Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Andrew Gillum, is within the threshold that triggers a machine recount under state law.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner, appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to oversee elections, will call for a recount once the counties reach a deadline of Saturday at noon to submit unofficial results. If the margins remain under the 0.5 percent threshold, recounts must be ordered under state law.

Gillum volunteers were racing to meet the deadline for proving the eligibility of votes cast by provisional ballots.

Then Darnell Roberts, regional field director for the Andrew Gillum For Governor campaign, made the announcement to volunteers that Gillum is eligible for a recount. You can see the volunteers’ reaction here:

 

Scherazade Daruvalla King, a Gillum volunteer who held a Bring It Home For Gillum fundraiser at her home in May, was working at the campaign office when she heard the news.

“Something in my gut told me that I had to drop everything I was doing (today) and head to the Miami Gardens office,” King told Moguldom.

The Gillum volunteers were working on lists from the supervisor of elections for voters whose signatures didn’t match. Provisional ballots require documentation to prove they are eligible to vote.

“We were getting one page at a time,” King said. “The supervisor of elections didn’t give us all (of them at once).  We were calling (voters) and going to their homes.  We had to go real guerilla style and get phone numbers. It was a mad scramble.”

As of Thursday afternoon, Gillum has narrowed his gap with Republican Ron DeSantis in the governor’s race to 38,515 votes, or 0.47 points, Orlando Sentinel reported. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando trailed GOP Gov. Scott in his re-election bid by 0.22 percentage points, or 21,888 votes out of more than 8.1 million counted so far. And Nikki Fried overtook Republican Matt Caldwell in the Agriculture Commissioner contest, posting a 575 vote lead.

Those races are within the 0.5 percent threshold that triggers a machine recount under state law.

Nelson’s campaign is waiting on tens of thousands of ballots left to be counted or reviewed in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, The Hill reported. Gillum spokeswoman Johanna Cervone said in a statement Thursday that the campaign was paying close attention to the late counts.

In Miami Gardens, King said volunteers were working when they heard about thousands of ballots “just sitting there at post offices around South Florida.”

“I was there and I started hearing about all these irregularities,” King said. “We needed an intervention. It looked like Gillum lost.

“Most people of color have an auntie or a cousin or a brother who works for the post office and they’re telling us we’ve got ballots just sitting there,” King said. “Folks are doing their own guerilla reporting. I know Gillum is getting a recount. Not sure if it’s a machine recount or a hand recount.”

But before there’s a recount, the counting has to stop, and it hasn’t stopped yet, Orlando Sentinel reported.

Palm Beach and Broward counties haven’t finished tallying their mail-in votes. Just a handful of counties have completed reviews of provisional ballots.

A recount may happen in Georgia too, where thousands of uncounted or unaccepted ballots are reported throughout the state. Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams campaign argued in a press conference today that a recount or runoff is still possible—if all the votes in the state are counted. Abrams’ campaign announced Thursday that it will file a lawsuit over absentee ballots.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum leads his wife R. Jai gillum and their children Jacskon and Caroline after filling out his ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. Gillum is running against Republican opponent Ron DeSantis. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)