Florida will not use Broward County’s machine recount because Broward County’s Supervisor of Elections uploaded the results to Florida’s secretary of state about two minutes late on Thursday.
“We uploaded to the state two minutes late so the state has chosen not to use our machine recount results. They are going to use our first unofficial results as our second unofficial results,” Joe D’Alessandro, an electing official, said, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
D’Alessandro told the newspaper that the recount was submitted late because of his “unfamiliarity” with Florida’s website.
The deadline for counties to complete the machine recount, which was automatically triggered after some Florida races fell within the margin that mandates that by state law, was 3 p.m. ET on Thursday.
He confirmed that there was a difference of about 2,000 votes between the manual recount and the one tabulated earlier.
A lawyer for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) confirmed Broward County was unable to submit its recount results.
The news comes on the same day a federal judge blasted Florida legislators and election officials during a hearing to extend the recount deadline in Palm Beach County, saying the state is “the laughingstock of the world election after election and we chose not to fix this.”
The Senate race between Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) will now head to a hand recount that must be completed by Sunday.
Palm Beach County was also unable to complete its recount for the Florida races by the Thursday deadline.
“We will complete the recount. There has never been a deadline we have missed,” Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes promised reporters during a Tuesday press conference.