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Machine glitches delay the start of ballot recount in Broward County by hours

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Via @GlennGarvin

Broward County’s recount process finally got underway at 11 a.m. Sunday, four hours late, after technicians overcame a series of testing glitches on the counting machines.

The Broward elections office had said it would start recounting more than 700,000 ballots at 7 a.m. Sunday. But some problems with the machines that scan and tabulate the ballots delayed the process. 

A series of tests known as “logic and accuracy” intended to make sure the 10 machines were starting from zero and recording ballots accurately failed three times in a row, apparently for different reasons.

A room full of attorneys representing various candidates and the Republican and Democratic parties stirred uneasily and sometimes fired snarky verbal shots at one another until 10:45 a.m. when Broward County Judge Betsy Benson, chair of the canvassing board. said, “We are going to recess so I can go back and get some assistance.”

On Saturday, the razor-thin margins in the races of U.S. Senate, agriculture commissioner and the governor’s race caused Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner to order mandatory machine recounts in all three statewide races after all counties submitted their unofficial results by noon.

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