Governor Rick Scott’s campaign says Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher is refusing to turnover ballots for inspection despite Circuit Judge Krista Marx ordering her to do so earlier Friday.
Bucher told West Palm Beach TV station WPBF that it was impossible to meet the judge’s Saturday morning deadline and she was asking for an emergency hearing.
The Scott campaign filed two lawsuits Thursday night alleging Broward and Palm Beach counties were violating the Florida Constitution and state law by declining to produce public records. In two separate hearings, circuit judges sided with Gov. Scott.
Scott’s campaign says Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes partially complied with a 7:00 PM deadline to handover requested documents. But the Scott campaign complains Snipes is refusing to confirm if additional ballots still need to be counted.
In the motion for an emergency rehearing, the Palm Beach County Election’s attorney argued that it was “physically impossible to locate, separate and re-canvass the ballots.” before a noon deadline to send official vote totals to the state.
Scott’s campaign pounced on Bucher’s refusal to give them the court-ordered records. “Susan Buchar has consistently refused to follow state law and comply with legally required deadlines and regulations. Whether it’s gross incompetence or intentional disregard for the rule of law is irrelevant at this point. Either way, it is embarrassing and unacceptable,” said Chris Hartline, Scott Campaign spokesman.
Scott leads incumbent Senator Bill Nelson by more than 15,000 votes, a lead that has dwindled since Tuesday night.