So much for the votes having to be counted by today. A judge just gave Florida two more days to determine whether provisional ballots get included or not:
THE HILL – A federal judge on Thursday ruled that voters whose mail-in and provisional ballots were rejected because of signature issues will have two additional days to resolve the problems and possibly get their votes included.
“The precise issue in this case is whether Florida’s law that allows county election officials to reject vote-by-mail and provisional ballots for mismatched signatures — with no standards, an illusory process to cure, and no process to challenge the rejection — passes constitutional muster,” Judge Mark Walker wrote in his decision, obtained by The Washington Post. “The answer is simple. It does not.”
The decision comes just ahead of the Thursday afternoon deadline for a machine recount.
The ruling will matter most in the state’s still too-close-to-call Senate race, where Gov. Rick Scott (R) has a razor-thin lead over incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D).
It will also affect the close gubernatorial race where former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) has a little more breathing room over Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum (D), according to unofficial results.
Scott’s campaign is expected to appeal the decision.
I hear that Scott has great lawyers on this. But the appeal would have to happen today as that was the deadline for the recount.
We’ll let you know when we hear more on this.