During Friday’s meeting, the canvassing board rejected a handful of ballots from military voters and their spouses and dependents because the ballots didn’t include evidence that the voters lived outside the United States, as required by state law.
In an interview with CNN earlier Friday, Scott said his office had been forced to reject more than 270 mail-in ballots because they had arrived after Election Day. The tally represented more than enough votes to swing the race.
State law requires domestic mail-in ballots to arrive on or before Election Day in order to count. Scott said one ballot was postmarked October 21 but did not arrive until after November 2. He called on the state legislature to follow the lead of some states that allow election officials to count ballots postmarked by Election Day no matter when they arrive.
“There are simple fixes to make it easier to vote but there doesn’t seem to be any interest in that these days,” 斯科特说.
Cherfilus-McCormick and Holness emerged as the top choices for voters in a crowded primary to replace Hastings
, a civil rights icon and the state’s first Black federal judge
. The race for the relatively safe blue seat attracted
11 民主党人, including state Reps
. Bobby Dubose and Omar Hardy
The Hastings family endorsed Holness, but he was outspent 10 至 1 by the self-funded Cherfilus-McCormick, who pumped a staggering $ 3.7 million into her race. Cherfilus-McCormick had mounted unsuccessful primary challenges against Hastings for the seat in 2018 和 2020.
Florida Democrats have expressed displeasure at Gov. 罗恩·迪桑蒂斯, 共和党人, for scheduling the election so long after Hastings’ 死亡, leaving the majority Black district without representation for nine months.