Fla. GOP Candidate Sues Broward: 77,000 Votes Magically Appear
GOP candidate for a Florida commissioner’s position is reportedly suing over his loss last week — filing in Broward County, which yielded more than 77,000 votes after the Tuesday election.
Republican Matt Caldwell, running for agricultural commissioner, went to bed Tuesday night with a lead of about 40,000 votes — but as of last Friday, trailed Democratic candidate Nikki Fried by 3,120 votes, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.
Following the lead of GOP Gov. Rick Scott, who took his own legal action over his U.S. Senate race against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Caldwell has filed a lawsuit against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, the news outlet reported.
Filed in the 17th judicial circuit, Caldwell’s lawyers are “asking the court to protect the integrity of all ballots and all public records relating to the election for Commissioner of Agriculture.”
The court is also being asked to determine if ballots were included in the vote count after polls closed Nov. 6.
“Over the course of the last two and half days, the Broward supervisor has continued to magically find boxes of ballots that have potentially altered the course of the race,” Caldwell said Friday, the News-Press reported. “And after all that time, we still cannot get a straight answer as to where they came from, when they were cast. We just heard there is another magical box of 2,100 ballots they supposedly found here.”
Caldwell’s opponent lives in Broward County.
“The fact that it’s my opponent’s home county and you continue to have ballots just be found at random times without any explanation I think it just undermines the faith in the entire process and certainly leaves me doubtful about the current count that has been presented out there,” Caldwell said, the News-Press reported.
“There is no serious person that looks at this and doesn’t suspect there is something incredibly wrong going here, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it by demanding answers through the court of law,” he added.