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Breaking: Judge rules against Broward County in Rick Scott lawsuit over ballot counting transparency

A Broward County judge ruled against the county in a lawsuit over ballot counting irregularities Friday. (RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)

A judge ruled in favor Thursday of Gov. Rick Scott in a lawsuit over transparency in the election ballot counting in Broward County, Florida.

The emergency hearing was held over claims that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes violated the Florida constitution by not providing information about how many ballots are left to be counted.

Three days after the election, Broward County says ballots are still being counted, despite many other counties being able to finish very soon after election day.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum recanted his concession to Republican Ron DeSantis as the margin narrows between the two. Republican officials are concerned that the continuing influx of Broward county ballots may also tip the United States Senate race between Scott and incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D).

In court, the attorney for Broward county conceded that Broward County was under a legal obligation to produce the records, but claimed that Snipes was too busy counting ballots to comply with the law.

Broward County District Court Judge Carol Lisa Phillips was, unsurprisingly, not impressed with this argument and ruled that the county must produce the voting records requested by Scott by 7 p.m. on Friday.

"Meantime the meeting taking place inside the the Broward County Supervisor of Elections building is straight out of 2000 as officials pore over individual ballots and bubbles versus check marks," reported CNN's Jessica Dean.

Snipes has a history of being involved in controversial actions involving elections.

“She has had a horrible history," said President Donald Trump, "and all of a sudden they’re finding votes out of nowhere."

About 60 Republican protesters demonstrated outside Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes' office on Friday, chanting, "We want answers, Brenda Snipes!"

Here's a video of the protest against Snipes:

This is a developing situation and this post will be updated as events warrant. 

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