Final vote tallies must be in by Sunday afternoon for tight Florida races

Posted at 4:51 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 16:51:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Manual recounts got underway Friday in the U.S. Senate and the Commissioner of Agriculture races. 

These recounts rarely lead to a change in election outcomes, according to Dr. Ed Moore, President of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. 

He explained how the process works with three county leaders examining ballots where the voter intent is unclear.

Dr. Moore added if the panel of judges cannot make out what the voter meant to select, the ballot is thrown out. 

"Maybe 4,400 or so mail-in ballots that there were questions of signatures. It's a very limited process," said Dr. Moore. "Not likely, again not likely, to overturn any of the races as they were a week ago."  

Dr. Moore said the Commission of Agriculture race is currently the closest.

Candidate Rick Scott, running for the Senate seat, actually gained votes after the recount.

Dr. Moore said the recount must be complete by Sunday afternoon.