Politics

Organization Sues Florida And Demands Election Recount

| by Jonathan Constante

A Washington D.C. based organization is suing the state of Florida, claiming that more than 160,000 votes in the state were not counted in the 2016 presidential election.

Protect Our Elections raised more than $65,000 online and made the state's election-lawsuit deadline by just 12 minutes on Dec. 2, the Miami New Times reported.

The group claims "tens of thousands" of legal votes were not counted because of voting machine malfunctions, and that there were "tens of thousands of illegal votes that were improperly counted."

The lawsuit also alleges that 25,000 mail-in ballots were requested but never received in Broward County, that the state posted an "abnormally high invalid vote rate," and that voting machines could have been hacked.

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"The number of uncounted votes, together with the illegal votes and the lack of integrity of the voting machines, is more than sufficient to call in doubt the results of the election," the lawsuit states.

On the organization's website, Protect Our Elections describes itself as a "collaboration of grassroots organizations that have joined together to reclaim our democracy, providing oversight to rescue our elections from partisan politics and privatization."

The group claims there is "massive evidence of electronic voting machine malfunctioning," but did not provide any evidence that Florida's 2016 election was hacked.

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The lawsuit alleges that because predictive models had Hillary Clinton winning the state handily, Trump's win is suspicious enough to call for a recount.

Protect Our Elections also claims that there was a 233 percent jump in the number of uncounted ballots, with approximately 1.67 percent of votes in Florida being invalidated.

"Excessively high invalid vote rates are extremely suspicious, and generally are considered an indication of possible problems such as machine malfunctions or tampering," the lawsuit states.

Recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have already been initiated by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

President-elect Donald Trump recently shared some of his thoughts on the recounts spearheaded by Stein.

"The Green Party just dropped its recount suit in Pennsylvania and is losing votes in Wisconsin recount," Trump tweeted on Dec. 4, citing no sources. "Just a Stein scam to raise money!"

Sources: Miami New Times, Protect Our Elections, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Gage Skidmore and Brett Weinstein/Flickr via Miami New Times

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