On Thursday we reported that a nonprofit group was attempting to file a lawsuit in the state of Florida to force a hand recount of the ballots in the 2016 presidential election. On Friday we subsequently reported that the attorney for the case had confirmed that he had indeed filed the suit. And now the details of the lawsuit have become publicly available.
In a thirteen page PDF copy of the official court filing, which the nonprofit group in question has publicly posted to its website, numerous details stand out. The suit from the law offices of Clint Curtis has named dozens of defendants. Chief among them: Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Individuals appointed to the Electoral College by the state of Florida are also listed as defendants, as they’re the ones who would be changing their votes if a Florida recount determines that Hillary Clinton actually won the state.
The stated legal grounds for the lawsuit: “Receipt of a number of illegal votes or rejection of a number of legal votes sufficient to change or place in doubt the results of the election” and references what it calls “pervasive malfunctioning of electronic voting machine” along with more than twenty-five thousand mail-in ballots that were requested in Democratic-leaning Broward County but were never received.
The legal document goes on to list hundreds of other alleged and documented irregularities during the course of the 2016 presidential election voting process in Florida. It’s worth noting that the suit has not only been filed against Trump and Pence, who benefited from any cheating or rigging, but also Rick Scott and Pam Bondi, who both have close political ties to the Trump campaign and have both been rumored to be in consideration for Trump’s cabinet. Meanwhile recount processes are underway in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report