Matt Caldwell Won and then Lost His Election Due to a ‘Mathematical Impossibility’ as Broward County Magically Produced 80,000 Votes

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Broward County has produced an additional 83,000 ballots post-election and it is refusing to reveal how many votes they have yet to count.  Republican Matt Caldwell won his election for the state Agricultural Commissioner on Election Day as he was up by 40,000 votes.   Based on what was reported, there were only 30,000 votes that could possibly still come in from Broward, so his campaign declared victory and went to bed.  However, over the next four days, Broward County magically found 80,000 votes which gives his opponent a strong lead.  Broward officials refuse to answer where the votes came from, where they were cast, when they were cast (before the 7 pm deadline?), and why weren’t they tabulated.  Matt has a lawsuit against the Broward County Department of Elections, but it is unlikely his lawsuit will change the results of this election.

The race for Florida Agricultural Commissioner is currently undergoing a manual recount.

Last Tuesday, Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell was deemed the winner and claimed victory at an election watch party in North Fort Myers. But the vote differential between Caldwell and Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried was so small, at just 0.16 percent, that the race went to an automatic recount.

The Miami Herald reported that at least 113,600 votes will be counted by hand for the race. Caldwell has filed a lawsuit against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Brenda Snipes. He joined Sundial to talk about the lawsuit and what he hopes it will accomplish.

WLRN: What is the lawsuit specifically?

CALDWELL: The first step is just to get basic answers. Any supervisor in the state is able to tell you what kind of votes they had cast — whether it is vote by-mail, early votes or Election Day votes — and when those were tagged into the system in order to prove … that they were cast before 7:00 on Tuesday night. And the Broward supervisor has been unable to answer that question. On Wednesday we asked, Thursday we asked, and Friday we asked … so we ultimately filed a lawsuit just to produce all the records to see what that situation is.

How do you verify whether or not those were received on time or simply backlogged by the supervisor?

It depends on the kind of vote. Early voting ends on Sunday, so that’s the easiest one to see. There’s a situation here because two days later or 48 hours later [Snipes is] still not able to produce the results of the early vote. That raises some really interesting questions.

Your lawsuit references absentee ballots specifically.

Absentee ballots are another question. They are supposed to timestamp those to be able to demonstrate that they received them before 7:00. That’s going to require you oftentimes to keep the envelope and the ballot so that you can prove it. It’s really a pretty basic question.

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