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Leon County continues manual recounts Friday

Leon County continues manual recounts Friday
Leon County continues manual recounts Friday
Posted at 7:01 AM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 02:24:03-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - County canvassing boards are back at it this Friday morning, this time manually recounting two statewide elections.

WTXL's Jada Williams was live at the Leon County Supervisor of Elections Office, where they'll soon arrive to resume recounts.

Manual recounts at the Leon County Supervisor of Elections Office will start back up at 8 a.m.

The Florida Secretary of State issued statewide manual recounts for the Florida U.S. Senate and the Commissioner of Agriculture races.

While the race for U.S. Senate goes to the next phase of recounts, that doesn't increase incumbent Bill Nelson's chances of picking up more votes.

In fact, Republican candidate Rick Scott gained a few dozen votes after the recount.

The manual recount could go until Saturday, but every Florida county must have the final vote tallies in by noon Sunday.

Not every county met yesterday's 3 p.m. deadline.

Palm Beach county didn't make it to the deadline, so the first unofficial count is what will now be counted by hand.

Broward county's director of elections says that they missed the deadline by 2 minutes, but even just two minutes behind invalidated the recount they've spent the week working on.

FSU law professor Michael Morley says recounts don't typically change election outcomes, but there are still things to be learned from them.

"It's implicating just about every provision of Florida election law, numerous provisions of the Florida election code, so now that we're actually seeing these provisions in action under fairly extreme circumstances, it gives the legislature a good foundation of experience now to go back and to see what provisions can we clarify," Morley said.

Only one race didn't make it to the manual recount phase.

The race for governor remained outside the 0.25 margin required for a hand recount, meaning Republican former Rep. Ron DeSantis will likely be Florida's next governor over Democrat Andrew Gillum.

State officials are still slated to meet and finalize the official election results Tuesday morning.