Lawyers for Florida Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson fought to prevent a non-citizen’s vote from being excluded on Friday night’s Palm Beach County Canvassing Board’s closed-door meeting.
You read that right, Democratic lawyers are trying to count the votes of people who are not U.S. citizens.
Per The Daily Caller:
Michael Barnett, chairman of the Palm Beach Republican Party, told TheDCNF that the county’s canvassing board was going through provisional ballots and quickly deciding whether to allow or disallow each. This exchange is of the first non-citizen’s vote they encountered. “We had a court reporter that we hired to sit in the proceedings, which are public,” he said.
The vote was disallowed despite the objections of the lawyers because two of the three members of the canvassing board ruled that it was an impermissible vote, he said.
Marc Elias, a lawyer for Nelson, told TheDCNF: “The lawyer who was present was not someone we had authorized to make such an objection. Non-citizens cannot vote in U.S. elections.”
He did not explain how the lawyer, Mr. Scarola, came to be representing Nelson’s interests in Palm Beach.
Amid the controversy, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Saturday there will be recounts in the Senate and gubernatorial races.
President Trump warned that he will be “watching closely.”
As of this publication, Republican Rick Scott leads Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in the Senate race by 0.15 percentage points. Republican Ron DeSantis has a 0.41 percentage point lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum in the gubernatorial race.