Florida governor and Senate candidate Rick Scott demanded an investigation be opened into allegations of voter fraud in Broward County — but apparently did not submit an official request for one.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that according to a spokesperson from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Scott has not submitted a written request that would trigger such an investigation.
“We do not have an active investigation,” FDLE spokesperson Gretl Plessinger told the newspaper.
On Thursday night, the governor accused Democrats in South Florida of trying to “steal” the election that will determine if he or incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (R-FL) will head to the Senate next fall.
“No ragtime group of liberal activists or lawyers from DC will be allowed to steal this election from the voters in this great state,” Scott said while announcing his voter fraud lawsuit against Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes.
The election-stealing allegations were first publicized by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who earlier on Thursday claimed the county should have already tallied up all its absentee ballots.
The junior senator said “liberal DC lawyers” were coming down to watch the ballot-counting in Broward — a sign, he suggested, that the county was attempting to commit voter fraud. In reality, lawyers who witness vote-counting measures usually do so to make sure poll workers are not throwing out or otherwise manipulating ballots.
Rubio also claimed Florida law requires counties to report all their ballots within 30 minutes after the polls close, but as a reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper noted, counties actually have up to four days after polls close to report unofficial returns.
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, 2018