Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) appeared to spend most of Thursday afternoon drafting a tweetstorm that alleges a South Florida county has opened the door for Democrats to "steal" votes away from Republicans — a claim that was both debunked and mocked.
Rubio based his assessment that Democrats are trying to steal the Florida elections on the Broward County Board of Elections, a department that was caught in ballot-counting scandals in both 2000 and 2016.
Now democrat lawyers are descending on #Florida. They have been very clear they aren’t here to make sure every vote… https://t.co/7prYns33Be— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio) 1541700976.0
He alleged that Broward County's delayed vote-tallying is illegal because laws require votes to be posted 30 minutes after polls close — but as Dan Sweeney of the South Florida Sun Sentinel noted, only early votes and tabulated vote by mail ballots must be posted within that time frame.
"Unofficial returns have to be submitted to Sec. of State by noon the fourth day after the election -- two days from now," Sweeney wrote. "It's all there on the Div. of Elections website of the state you represent."
Florida law requires all early votes and TABULATED vote by mail to be posted then. Unofficial returns have to be su… https://t.co/8oINY74Yr3— Dan Sweeney (@Dan Sweeney) 1541706302.0
Fred Guttenburg, the father of slain Parkland victim Jaime Guttenburg who lives in Broward County, was not a fan of Rubio's claim.
"What a load of crap to say counting votes is stealing," the Parkland dad-turned-gun-control-advocate tweeted. "Shame on you."
"I personally know families who sent in ballots that have not yet been counted and they did everything right," he added. "Whoever wins a full and accurate count, so be it. That is called Democracy."
@marcorubio Steal? Marco Rubio, what a load of crap to say counting votes is stealing. Shame on you. I personall… https://t.co/Dp5J0z6umP— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg) 1541712752.0
Check out more responses to Rubio's erroneous claim that Democrats are trying to steal the Florida elections below:
👋 Broward Resident here. We’re all unhappy with the SOE office. But if you’re so worried about incompetence, why no… https://t.co/Vrc7h4AlzT— Melissa Ward (@Melissa Ward) 1541719151.0
If only Florida’s junior Senator was as relentless in serving as a check and balance on the executive branch (his c… https://t.co/cGyBjvVh6O— Peter Schorsch (@Peter Schorsch) 1541717787.0
I'm not defending the Broward elex office — they are terrible — but this is really dangerous rhetoric from a dude w… https://t.co/qRoqXR259q— Jerry Iannelli (@Jerry Iannelli) 1541702834.0
@marcorubio Why are republicans so darn afraid of allowing citizens to vote and allowing their votes to count. Ever… https://t.co/Xdrw8Dux6P— LLinMD (@LLinMD) 1541714472.0
Utter Trumpian BS, Senator. Instead of spewing false conspiracy theories, let our democracy work. Just, chill. https://t.co/NC7woRbl0r— Gwen Graham (@Gwen Graham) 1541711615.0
Complete nonsense and total BS from @marcorubio. Our politics today has enough alarmist language, misinformation an… https://t.co/IPcACSKJQ7— Matt Haggman (@Matt Haggman) 1541719687.0
I too find it bad when we get closer to finding out the real winner of elections. Marco Rubio is so awful. https://t.co/vaMOpcT5t2— Erick Fernandez (@Erick Fernandez) 1541704745.0