Broward County Uploaded Recount Results Two Minutes Late So Florida Throws It Out
Broward County election officials reported to NBC Miami that they uploaded their results two minutes past Thursday's required deadline, and because of that the state decided not to use the recount results.
Broward county is heavily democratic and has voted overwhelmingly for progressive candidates. It is also the second most populous county in Florida and is likely to make a dent in any Florida election.
"We uploaded to the state two minutes late so the state has chosen not to use our machine recount results and they are going to use the first unofficial results as our second unofficial results," Director of Elections Joe D’Alessandro told the canvassing board. He blamed the problem on the "unfamiliarity with the website" he had.
Even with his unfamiliarity, he still got the recount submitted, though. That's 120 seconds late. And, the Secretary of States office could have accepted it, but they didn't. Remember: Republicans control this. So, it's no surprise they didn't want to.
So, because of a simple mistake, hundreds of thousands of votes were recounted for nothing.
"Basically, I just worked my ass off for nothing," D’Alessandro said.
BREAKING: Florida's Broward County submitted recount numbers 2 mins late and therefore results will not count pic.twitter.com/V54G2baJ29— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) November 15, 2018
What's most troubling is, the public will never know the results of the recount and given that Republicans are ahead in the key Senate and Governor's races, this is a major blow to Democrats.