Written by Devyani Bisen.
It seems to be the fate of the sunshine state to be known as the “Land of Recounts” as Florida’s past came back to haunt the state along with protests, lawsuits and recounts reminding the residents about the nightmarish election of 2000.
Considered to be a swing state, Florida’s vote counts this election too were less than a hair’s breadth apart. As Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican Candidate Ron DeSantis following the recount and Gov. Rick Scott Republican, winning against his Democrat opponent Bill Nelson by less than half a percentage point while Democrat Nikki Fried was defeated by Republican Matt Caldwell by 0.1 points.Broward County has reported the ‘misfiling’ of over 2000 vote ballots while insisting that they are somewhere in the building. While the 2040 ballots would not have had a significant impact on the outcome of the elections, one still wonders about the reliability of the state’s election process. Broward County has had voting issues in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2016 and now, 2018. However, Broward County isn’t alone in its vote count failures as Palm Beach County, Hillsborough County and Miami-Date County have all come under fire for discrepancies in their respective election processes. These votes lost, although not a humongous amount, represent the loss of legally cast votes as Mr Gilllum said, “A vote denied is justice denied”.