Judge denies Nelson’s request to extend recount deadline in Palm Beach

Bill Nelson
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. Screenshot

Recount logoA federal judge in Tallahassee has denied a request by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign to extend the deadline for the machine and hand recounts in his election contest against Republican Rick Scott.

The decision came from federal  Judge Mark Walker from the Northern District of Florida.

Nelson trails Scott in the race for U.S. Senate by 12,562 votes, or 0.15%, which if that margin remains, would push the election into a hand recount.

The only county that has said it will not be able to make the machine or hand recount deadlines is Palm Beach County. The deadline for machine recount is 3 p.m. today, the deadline for hand recounts is noon Sunday.

Susan Bucher, the Supervisor of Elections with Palm Beach County, said earlier on Thursday that her office would not be able to meet the 3 p.m. deadline.

In his ruling, Walker expressed exasperation with Palm Beach County, writing that “there is a complete dearth of evidence before this Court concerning the status, progress, or expected completion of the ordered recounts in Palm Beach County.”

“This Court must be able to craft a remedy with knowledge that it will not prove futile,” he wrote. “It cannot do so on this record. This Court does not and will not fashion a remedy in the dark.”





Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with FloridaPolitics.com. He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.


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