Count on Florida recount controversy: Darcy cartoon

November 15, 2018

Count on Florida recount controversy: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio --  Did you use a voter ID to purchase your morning cereal?  Did you vote in the midterm elections disguised as Cap’n Crunch, Tony the Tiger or Rice Krispies Snap, Crackle and Pop?   So far, the Florida midterm election recount has resulted in those questions being raised...by the President of the United States.

The deadline is 3pm today for the results from the machine recounts of the Florida midterm races for governor and U.S. Senate.   At least one of Florida’s 67 counties said they will miss the deadline, and Sen. Bill Nelson has asked for a delay.   A U.S. District Judge will hear arguments on the delay request this morning.

Over the past several days, the oldest vote counting machines in the state overheated in Palm Beach County, causing the county to restart its recount. 

“I don’t think they were designed to work 24/7-kind of like running an old car from here to L.A.   And so you know, things happen to them,”  Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections  Susan Bucher told the Associated Press.

President Trump overheated again also, doubling down on his baseless claims of voter fraud in the Florida governor and Senate races that Republicans appeared to have won.

In an interview with The Daily Caller, Trump attributed Republican midterm elections losses to Democrats voting multiple times in disguise.  He also seemed to claim that you even need a voter ID to buy Corn Flakes and Cheerios. 

“The Republicans don’t win and that’s because of potentially illegal votes.  When people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles.  Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again.  Nobody takes anything.   It’s really a disgrace what’s going on,” said Trump, adding, “If you buy a box of cereal- you have a voter ID.”

In an earlier tweet, Trump suggested Broward County election officials were engaged in fraud on behalf of Democrats.

“As soon as Democrats sent their best Election stealing lawyer, Marc Elias, to Broward County they miraculously started finding Democrat votes.  Don’t worry, Florida - I am sending much better lawyers to expose the FRAUD!” tweeted Trump last Friday.

Leading Nelson by 12,000 votes, Florida Governor Rick Scott admitted there is no evidence of voter fraud, after he unsuccessfully tried to have voting machines in Broward County impounded.

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes signaled she’s ready to leave the post she’s held since 2003, winning re-election four times.   

“It’s time to move on.  I think I have served the purpose that I came here for, which was to provide a credible election product for years, ” Snipes told reporters.

Former Governor Jeb Bush, who appointed Snipes after the Al Gore-George W. Bush recount controversy, agreed it was time for her to move on.  Bush tweeted Monday that Snipes “should be removed from her office following the recounts.”

It’s pathetic that Florida hasn’t resolved its voting problems since the Gore-Bush election.   Don’t be surprised if the recount shows either George W. Bush or Al Gore being elected Florida governor, Senator or President of The United States.

A good argument can be made for removing Snipes.  An equally strong argument can be made for removing Republican gerrymandering and voter suppression tactics.

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