Miami-Dade County, which completed its machine count a day earlier, began reviewing about 10,000 ballots at 10 in the morning. Thursday.
Further to the north, in Palm Beach County, where about 6,000 balloting and overwhelming balloons were being reviewed, manuals were scheduled to begin at 11 in the morning but it took about an hour. That municipality also lost the record date on Thursday, blaming it with a collection of old machines that spread and overheat and slowed the count to a tracking.
The manual count is a chapter in the seemingly endless elections of Florida. A wave of more than a dozen mourning claims has been filed in state and federal courts, each disputing some component of the election, from the validity of ballots with non-compatible signatures to votes accepted by email.
Judge Mark E. Walker, from the Tallahassee district federal court, who promised to work late nights and on the weekend to rule on the litany of lawsuits, issued new decisions at the end of Thursday. In the first decision, which affected the manual count on Friday, the judge rejected a challenge to Florida voter intentional rules governing a count of hands, a decision that further reduced Mr. Nelson.
The federal lawsuit filed by Democrats addressed to two standards that help determine the intention of voters in cases where they use different types of marks to indicate their options or write words to help specify their intention. They provide specific instructions, and according to opponents, these instructions often rule out ballots that, according to them, should be counted.
"These rules have been used for almost 10 years, and they are clear and uniform rules that election officials have been trained to apply," Judge Walker wrote. "Instigating the use of these rules would now create a substantial difficulty for the accused." He added that the rules help the officials have votes that otherwise were not counted. "This is of public interest," the decision said.
In the second case, the judge rejected a lawsuit of Florida Women's League of Cause and Common Causes that questioned the role of Mr. Scott in the supervision of the election as candidate of the Senate and the governor. Feel at the State Election Commission, which certifies the election results and appoints two other members. The complaint accused Mr. Scott of using his office for an unfair advantage when he suggested that state law enforcement officers investigate alleged fraud cases committed by Democrats during the election; They requested a preliminary mandate that required them to put aside the electoral issues.