A judge has extended the recount in Palm Beach County to November 20. The original deadline was this Thursday. From The Palm Beach Post:

The order would include extending the recounting of votes in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott, the governor’s race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, the race for agriculture commissioner between Democrat Nikki Fried and Republican Matt Caldwell, and the race for state House District 89 between Democrat Jim Bonfiglio and Republican Mike Caruso.

The extension comes out of a lawsuit filed by Bonfiglio, who is losing to Caruso by 37 votes. Bonfiglio told The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday afternoon that he was in a conference call with circuit Judge Karen Gievers around 1 p.m. during a case management conference concerning the lawsuit he filed to extend the deadline to allow time for a recount in his race.

Bonfiglio, the former mayor of Ocean Ridge, said he asked the judge to extend all the races or put his race first since his race would require less time to recount. He said the judge decided to extend all the races.

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told The Palm Beach Post her understanding is that whatever the judge orders will be challenged by the Florida Secretary of State in the federal courts. Efforts to reach the Secretary of Stae [sic] and the Florida Division of Elections were unsuccessful on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier this week, officials in Palm Beach County described the Thursday deadline as “impossible.”

Bucher said officials could reach the deadline if they only had to recount the Senate race.

If they couldn’t make the deadline, then the county’s “final vote tallies in the governor’s race, the agriculture and consumer services commissioner’s race and Bonfiglio’s race would be the results Bucher’s office submitted to the state on Saturday.”


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