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You are reading page 54 of 2018 Elections. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

You've got lots of election questions. We've got answers.

November 18, 2018

... Florida's election law doesn't require final results until nearly two weeks after Election Day. For those two weeks, votes always continue to trickle in- for example, overseas absentee ballots were never supposed to be counted until Saturday, Nov. 17. Most of the time, one candidate already has a clear lead by the time those ballots are tabulated, so no one is paying attention to the final vote counts that change slightly within that two-week window, because ultimately they won't change the result.

As long as one candidate has a lead of more than 0.5 percent from the second-place finisher, that timeline never gets public attention. Races that fall within that margin trigger a recount process, and this year races for governor, senator and agriculture commissioner were that close...

... There has been no evidence of fraud in the Florida elections to date, despite allegations from high-profile Republicans including President Donald Trump. Rick Scott's campaign has provided no evidence to support its claims of voter fraud in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it has received no reports of illegal activity activity in Broward, nor had Scott formally requested an investigation into voter fraud...

Answers to frequently asked questions about Florida election | Miami Herald

Finally the votes were counted. There was no evidence of fraud, and Republicans won for governor and senate.

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Now the campaign truly is behind us, and that's where we need to leave it," Scott said. "We must do what Americans have always done: come together for the good of our state and our country."

Bill Nelson concedes Florida Senate race to Rick Scott after manual recount | Fox News

Yep, no more talk of "nasty liberals trying to steal the election". Seems fairness and the law actually prevailed and he can now play the typical political game of after running an ugly campaign and showing his true colors and proclaim "now is the time to come together".

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Yep, some of them talk a big "voter fraud" scenario when the results are close, but if they are declared the winner, all of a sudden the process is completely legit.

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It should be obvious that their "concerns" about election integrity are fabricated in response to their electoral needs and fears. There's little evidence to suggest that he will pursue action which would make elections freer and more fair. There's always lots of talk though.

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I recently read - on Politico, I think - that Ron DeSantis is still claiming voter fraud, even though Florida's election and law enforcement officials can't find even enough evidence to start an investigation.

Ya gotta wonder at the sense of entitlement it takes to be so sure that any opposition must be fraudulent, even when it's ultimately unsuccessful.

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Pelosi is going to be speaker or I will be quite surprised.

Opposition to Pelosi slowly collapsing - POLITICO

Dems back Pelosi as Speaker by 2-to-1 margin in new poll | TheHill

"She reminds the American people why they don't like politics. She reminds them why they don't like Democrats, quite frankly," Republican strategist Chris Wilson said Friday on "Fox and Friends." "The best thing in the world for Republicans is to have her in that role."Citing Trump's remarks last week, Wilson suggested that Republicans should back the California Democrat.

"Republicans are not going to have a speaker of the House. So why not try and ... put her back in that chair?"

Pelosi could pick up Republican support in quest for speaker's gavel | Fox News

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Apparently the American people like Democrats just fine. Perhaps Chris Wilson doesn't realize that, outside of his propaganda bubble, people cast more votes for Democrats than for Republicans in district after district. Because gerrymandering favors Republicans, Democrats didn't gain as many seats as they should have in state houses, but clearly, the American people like Democrats much better than Republicans think they do. If you look at the candidates, they like diversity better than republicans do also.

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Apparently the American people like Democrats just fine. Perhaps Chris Wilson doesn't realize that, outside of his propaganda bubble, people cast more votes for Democrats than for Republicans in district after district. Because gerrymandering favors Republicans, Democrats didn't gain as many seats add they should have in state houses, but clearly, the American people like Democrats much better than Republicans think they do. If you look at the candidates, they like diversity better than republicans do also.

Yeah, I'm always amused when Mitch McConnell and the other Republicans make public pronouncements about how "the American people" want abc or believe xyz, when what they really mean is their supporters want or believe whatever they're talking about. They certainly are not speaking for "the American people" collectively in any sense, as large swaths of the populace don't agree with them, and they only really have the support of a minority of the populace.

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Really I have no kind words to say about republicans in Wisconsin. Something stinks here.

"Angry protesters swarmed the fourth floor of the State Capitol Monday, shouting through the doors of a committee hearing room where lawmakers considered sweeping Republican changes that would restrict the powers of the incoming Democratic attorney general and governor."

Protesters descend on Wisconsin Capitol to demonstrate against Republican lame-duck agenda | Politics and Elections | madison.com

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has yet to certify the results of the NC 9th congressional district after receiving "claims of numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities related to absentee mail ballots." There at two allegations that a person, or persons, affiliated with the Republican party and/or Mr. Harris' campaign were involved in the unauthorized collection or completion of, and ppssible disposal of ballots voting for Mr. McCready.

Although claiming to support "...support any efforts to investigate allegations of irregularities and/or voter fraud, as long as it is fair and focuses on all political parties." Mr. Harris, as well as Mr. Woodhouse, executive director of the NC Republican party, have both called for the election results to be certified immediately, claiming that the number of votes was smaller that the 905 vote margin of Mr. Harris victory.

Certification in limbo in N.C. House race as fraud investigation continues

N.C. election officials plan hearing over fraud concerns in U.S. House race, raising possibility of new election

Alleged fraud clouds North Carolina's 9th District vote. Is a new election possible?

Second woman says she was paid to collect absentee ballots in North Carolina House race

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Regarding new members of congress:

'Lobbyists Are Here. Goldman Sachs Is Here. Where's Labor? Activists?'

Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez Pull Back Curtain on Corporate-Sponsored Freshman Orientation

"One of the best parts of Ocasio-Cortez's arrival in D.C. as a new leader is that she notices, and is revolted by, the corrupt, corporatist rituals that are so embedded in D.C. culture that most politicians and journalists barely notice them."

... "Our 'bipartisan' congressional orientation is co-hosted by a corporate lobbyist group," Ocasio-Cortez noted, likely referring to the Koch-funded American Enterprise Institute, which is co-sponsoring the event.

"Other members have quietly expressed to me their concern that this wasn't told to us in advance.

Lobbyists are here.

Goldman Sachs is here.

Where's labor? Activists? Frontline community leaders?"...

'Lobbyists Are Here. Goldman Sachs Is Here. Where's Labor? Activists?' Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez Pull Back Curtain on Corporate-Sponsored Freshman Orientation

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