The governor’s successful lawsuits focused on access to defective ballots (in Palm Beach) and to complete vote totals (in Broward), but the governor also said, without evidence, that there was “rampant fraud.” He went as far as calling on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Dr. Snipes and Ms. Bucher, who is also a Democrat.
But a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said on Friday that no fraud allegations had been made to the Florida Department of State, which oversees elections, and that no criminal investigations of Dr. Snipes or Ms. Bucher would take place. Mr. Scott did succeed in getting a state court judge to find that Ms. Snipes had violated the State Constitution, and public records laws, in refusing to disclose detailed information about ballots and tallies.
Ms. Snipes did not respond to requests for an interview, and did not speak publicly on Friday.
In both counties, the canvassing boards worked into the night, examining each provisional ballot cast by people who faced some kind of irregularity on Election Day, such as not bringing identification or showing up at the wrong precinct.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner was expected on Saturday to order recounts in both the Senate and governor’s races, in addition to the race for state agriculture commissioner, once unofficial results come in from all of the state’s 67 counties. In the contest for governor, Ron DeSantis, a Republican, leads Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, by 0.44 percentage points.
“It’s very unfortunate that some of the highest elected officials in our country are trying to disrupt our democracy because they don’t like the demographics of our voters,” Ms. Bucher said. “I would wish they would allow us to continue to count the ballots.”
In Broward, civic leaders who have known Dr. Snipes for years dismissed the suggestion that any nefarious activity was underway.