Lawsuit filed to force Florida recount

Yesterday a federally registered nonprofit election entity launched a fundraiser to cover the court costs of a lawsuit it intended to file in the name of forcing a statewide recount in the narrowly decided state of Florida. The attorney fees were fully crowdfunded within a matter of hours. And today the attorney in question announced that he has officially filed the lawsuit in question, creating at least some possibility that a Florida recount may happen.

Florida state law prohibits any candidate from requesting a recount, meaning that third party candidate Jill Stein cannot force a recount in the state even if she pays for the costs, as she’s doing in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. But this lawsuit is aimed at getting a judge to order a Florida recount, whether republican state officials want to do it or not.

Clint Curtis, the Florida attorney who has been hired to lead the legal charge in court, announced today via his official Facebook page that the election complaint is now indeed underway in the legal arena.

Donald Trump was officially named the winner in Florida, but by a razor thin margin, and only after Hillary Clinton had appeared to bank enough of an early vote lead in the state that it would have been all but mathematically insurmountable for Trump to have come back and won. If the courts do rule that a Florida recount must take place, and if the recount reveals that Clinton did get the most votes in the state, those electoral votes would be reassigned to clinton. Similar scenarios are playing out in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, with the fate of the election hanging in the balance.


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7 Comments

  1. Brenda Smith on December 3, 2016 at 4:38 am

    I certainly hope there will be a recount in Florida. If Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan flipped for Clinton, our nation would be saved from Trump!!!

  2. Elizabeth Ruman on December 3, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Thank you so much for your efforts!!!

  3. Bren Young on December 3, 2016 at 9:38 am

    This is disgusting. Can’t Americans count honestly. You do not have a real democracy-you have bums falling over themselves to cheat each other.

  4. Reiki RN on December 3, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Awesome!

  5. Sharad Modi on December 3, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    If any one has doubt & due to transperancy required in the Presidential election, must recount the votes.

    This procedure must be over before 19th December before both the houses vote for President.

  6. Cecilia Poon on December 5, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Based on Hillary’s popular vote lead up to over 2.6 million and the suspected votes for Trump being found, Hillary Clinton should be the 45th president. So, recounts on all swing states should be done as soon as possible or the electors of the Electoral College should seriously consider voting for Hillary so as to avoid an unrecognised president.

  7. Louise Brownell on December 6, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Please we need a recount and the electors need to do the right thing.

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