However there’s nothing ironic about it — that is, in spite of everything, Florida’s Broward County, which has been plagued with points in its vote-counting efforts for years.
Provided that historical past, it was unsurprising — however nonetheless galling to volunteers — when the director of elections right here revealed that the county had submitted its machine recount knowledge two minutes after the state-mandated three p.m. Thursday deadline.
The secretary of state’s workplace didn’t settle for the brand new numbers and so, after days of painstaking work, Broward’s depend Thursday remained the identical because it was on Saturday, when it submitted its preliminary unofficial election outcomes.
“Mainly, I simply labored my ass off for nothing,” stated Joe D’Alessandro, the director of elections for Broward County.
He attributed the error to his unfamiliarity with the secretary of state web site.
Election boards throughout the state have been utilizing voting machines to recount ballots this week, with among the bigger counties working all day and thru the evening. The Senate and agricultural commissioner races at the moment are headed handy evaluations of overvotes and undervotes, a extra narrowly circumscribed but additionally doubtlessly risky pool of votes.
Broward wasn’t the one county with points.
Palm Seashore County additionally failed to fulfill the recount deadline, that means final week’s unofficial depend out of the county is the one that it’s going to take into the following part of recounts. Hillsborough County stated it did a full machine recount however selected to report its preliminary numbers, which had been increased in combination, as a result of the figures had been so comparable and since they could not assess the influence of two energy outages and human error on the recount.