Florida Governor Rick Scott is excoriating Palm Beach County for what he says is their refusal to comply with a judge's order about their ballot counting process after the midterm elections.
"Floridians deserve full transparency"
A spokesperson for the Scott for Florida campaign released a statement about the development in Palm Beach County.
"Tonight, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Buchar announced that she is refusing to comply with a court order to submit overvotes and undervotes to the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board for review under the court-ordered deadline," the statement read.
"Susan Buchar has consistently refused to follow state law and comply with legally required deadlines and regulations," it explained.
"Whether it's gross incompetence or intentional disregard for the rule of law is irrelevant at this point," he added. "Either way, it is embarrassing and unacceptable."
Buchar was ordered by a judge in an emergency hearing on Friday to produce documents related to the continuing effort to count ballots in the county since the midterm elections. According to the statement from Hartline, they are refusing to comply.
A tweet from the official Rick for Florida social media account reiterated the sentiment.
"It’s unacceptable that SOE Susan Bucher says she will not comply with the court order to submit overvotes and undervotes to the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board for review," it read.
It’s unacceptable that SOE Susan Bucher says she will not comply with the court order to submit overvotes and under… https://t.co/gWQnjith7x— Rick Scott (@Rick Scott) 1541815841.0
"Floridians deserve full transparency," they added.
The order also included Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes, and she provided the Scott campaign with documents by the 7 PM deadline set forth by the judgement.
"After a court ruled she has to turn over ballot tallying info to Gov. Scott’s Senate campaign, Broward Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes appeared to meet tonight’s 7 pm deadline," reported Politico's Marc Caputo.
After a court ruled she has to turn over ballot tallying info to Gov. Scott’s Senate campaign, Broward Election Sup… https://t.co/HUaNKKEQGF— Marc Caputo (@Marc Caputo) 1541809390.0
"Now the Scott campaign is reviewing the response to see if it complied with what the judge ordered," he added.
Several news outlets also filed a lawsuit against Palm Beach County for violating a Florida law that allows videotaping of public proceedings when they banned journalists from the ballot accounting process.