The recount across Florida from last week’s midterm elections is winding down in Northwest Florida. Most counties in our area have finished a machine recount while a manual recount could be right around the corner.
Today really should be the day Escambia County finishes its election day recount. Yesterday they counted election day ballots from 63 precincts. They only have 16 precincts left. Things appeared to be running relatively smoothly there. Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties both finished their machine recounts by Monday. Officials from both of those counties suggested they are ready for a manual recount if the margin between any of the races drops to a quarter of a percent or less.
Meanwhile, lawsuits continue to fly. Governor Rick Scott has sued a number of elections supervisors while Bill Nelson has sued to extend the Thursday deadline. Any county that does not finish its recount by the deadline would have to submit its election night total to the Florida Secretary of State’s Office as its official tally.