Florida recount continues amid lawsuits, Trumpian fantasies of fraud
So far, the people are winning in Florida recount lawsuits, of which there are many. In one of the suits, a judge just ruled that around 5,000 voters will have an extended deadline to fix their rejected ballots. The court ruled that «Disenfranchisement of approximately 5,000 voters based on signature mismatch is a substantial burden,» and granted an injunction allowing voters to have until Saturday at 5 PM to fix their ballots. Republican Rick Scott's campaign says Scott will appeal.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, in his 34-page order said Florida's Walker issued a 34-page order Thursday morning that said Florida's «questionable practice» for curing ballot signature mismatches has «no standards, an illusory process to cure and no process to challenge the rejection,» and is therefore unconstitutional. «Florida law provides no opportunity for voters to challenge the determination of the canvassing board that their votes do not count,» he wrote. «Interestingly, Florida law does provide an opportunity for any voter or candidate to challenge a signature that was accepted and thus a vote that was counted.»
One of those voters, Zina Rodriguez who is registered in Palm Beach County (of course as a Democrat) found out her mail-in ballot was rejected because the signature the board of elections had on file was one taken from DMV, signed on an electronic signature pad two years ago. Anyone who has ever used an electronic signature pad knows just how little that looks like any real signature, much less their own. But on that basis, her ballot was tossed along with those other 5,000 from people like an «18-year-old Miami voter whose signature had been rejected, Ezekiel Adreassen,» whose ballot «was signed in painstaking but unsteady block lettering.» Because nobody is taught how to write in cursive and use signatures anymore. That's a relief for those voters, at least them and whoever else has received the notice and has time to get to the board of elections before the end of business on Saturday.
Meanwhile, ancient ballot-counting machines are overheating and the orange behemoth in the White House is melting down. There are six federal lawsuits proceeding in the background of the recount and the idiot-in-chief creating conspiracy theories and spinning out of control.
«When people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles,» Trump said in a Daily Caller interview Wednesday. «Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again.» Also too, he told the Daily Caller, that «If you buy a box of cereal—you have a voter ID,» proving that he has probably never actually voted for real in person and that he definitely has never had to shop for groceries. And that he's completely lost the thread of how life works.