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 is counted.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 8, 2018
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 submitted to Sec. of State by noon the fourth day after the election — two days from now. It's all there on the Div. of Elections website of the state you represent. https://t.co/krH1QKYh4H
— Dan Sweeney (@Daniel_Sweeney) November 8, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
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.”
Steal? Marco Rubio, what a load of crap to say counting votes is stealing. Shame on you. I personally know families who sent in ballots that have not yet been counted and they did everything right. Whoever wins a full and accurate count, so be it. That is called Democracy.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) November 8, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
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 not WELCOME the added oversight a re-count would bring?! What are you afraid of? #EveryVoteCounts #CountEveryVote #VoteSaveAmerica https://t.co/swG4HMBDwrADVERTISEMENT
— Melissa Ward-Peterson (@MelWardP) November 8, 2018
If only Florida’s junior Senator was as relentless in serving as a check and balance on the executive branch (his constitutional duty) as he was the Broward County Supervisor of Elections. https://t.co/5aeLEdvwAmADVERTISEMENT
— Peter Schorsch (@PeterSchorschFL) November 8, 2018
I'm not defending the Broward elex office — they are terrible — but this is really dangerous rhetoric from a dude who claims to be really into civility https://t.co/xGOletIpyFADVERTISEMENT
— Jerry Iannelli (@jerryiannelli) November 8, 2018
Why are republicans so darn afraid of allowing citizens to vote and allowing their votes to count. Every vote should be counted per the United States Constitution. Not in Constitution … GOP gets to lie, cheat, conspire with enemies to steal elections.ADVERTISEMENT
— LLinMD (@13JustAFan) November 8, 2018
Utter Trumpian BS, Senator.ADVERTISEMENT
Instead of spewing false conspiracy theories, let our democracy work.
Just, chill. https://t.co/NC7woRbl0r
— Gwen Graham (@GwenGraham) November 8, 2018
Complete nonsense and total BS from @marcorubio. Our politics today has enough alarmist language, misinformation and conspiracy theories. Senator, take the time to count the votes. It’s called democracy. https://t.co/wi3SulMne2
— Matt Haggman (@matthaggman) November 8, 2018
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 (@ErickFernandez) November 8, 2018