According to a sworn affidavit by an election official says that Broward County election officials were filling out blank ballots.
Broward Super. of Elections attorney appears to admits that elections office staff making their own determination of whether ballots have been improperly filled out and, outside the presence of the Canvassing Board, they “duplicated” those ballots and then counted them. #sayfie
— Jeff Kottkamp (@JeffKottkamp) November 9, 2018
Matt Caldwell has followed Gov. Rick Scott’s lead in filing a lawsuit Friday against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections in one of the state’s closest races.
The campaign of the Republican candidate for agricultural commissioner sent a news release Friday afternoon announcing that his attorneys filed a lawsuit in the 17th judicial circuit “asking the court to protect the integrity of all ballots and all public records relating to the election for Commissioner of Agriculture.”
Caldwell thought he had edged out a victory in the agricultural commissioner race Tuesday night when he had about a 40,000 vote lead over Democratic candidate Nikki Fried.
But the latest vote count shows Caldwell losing by 3,120 votes to Fried. The difference between the candidates is .04 percent, signaling an automatic recount, and a likely manual recount.
“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 in an interview Friday. “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 (Friday).”
He said what is happening in Broward County is unacceptable.
“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.
HERE IS THE AFFIDAVIT:
WOW: Here is an eyewitness report of elections fraud happening in Broward County.
It is OUTRAGEOUS nothing is being done to stop this!
— Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) November 10, 2018