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Local election offices recount ballots

Posted: 10:28 PM, Nov 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-13 03:28:11Z

FORT MYERS, Fla. — People took advantage of seeing ballots recounted up close Monday as election offices are open to the public.

Andrew Sund of the Southwest Young Republicans went to the Lee County Election Office to see it for himself. He said he trusts staff is working towards an accurate recount. 

“In Lee County you have a great example. Tommy Doyle and his team are doing great work. They’re making sure these ballots are counted properly,” said Sund.

He said even after the recount he believes republicans will still win all three elections in question - governor, senator and agriculture commissioner.

“It is disappointing, but I’m confident that when all’s said and done that our candidates will come out on top,” he said.

Sund also said he stands behind Governor Rick Scott’s decision to sue Broward and Palm Beach counties. But the attorney for Lee County Election’s Office, Tom Hart said the suits are premature.

“I honestly think that people are way too early and speculating about there being uncounted ballots and such things. And I'm talking about other counties. There certainly hasn't been any of that here,” he said.

Incumbent Senator Bill Nelson broke his silence in a statement earlier today, telling Governor Scott to back off.

“He’s using his power as governor to try to undermine the voting process,” said Nelson.

And Hart said he’s working to make sure Lee County follows the proper protocol for the recount.

“In the meantime I'm just here to support the canvassing board in case they have any questions about the procedures,” said Hart.

Staff is scheduled to recount ballots for the next couple days from 9 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. until all ballots are recounted by Thursday’s deadline.