We regret to inform you that Broward County is at it again.
Eighteen years after its hanging chads mired an entire presidential election, the Florida county's ballots are again pulling a nationally watched race into question. Around 24,000 people who voted in Florida's gubernatorial race didn't pick a candidate for Senate, and some think a poorly designed ballot may be to blame, South Florida's Sun Sentinel reported Thursday.
Both the gubernatorial race between former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D), and the Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott (R) and incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D), were incredibly close on Tuesday night. Gillum has conceded to DeSantis, but the Senate race is probably headed for a recount despite Scott's claim of victory.
As of Wednesday night, votes were still being counted in the "Democratic stronghold" of Broward County, and the county election supervisor doesn't know how many are left, the Sentinel writes. Unofficial results are expected by Friday, but officials are already noticing something strange — about 680,000 voters picked a governor's candidate, but only 656,000 chose someone for Senate. Several voters told the Sentinel they didn't see the Senate race on the ballot.
Here's a sample ballot for Tuesday's election for Broward residents in the 22nd Congressional District.
People may not have seen the U.S. Senate race because of its position (bottom left) vis a vis the governor's race.
But the Senate race was there. pic.twitter.com/yo14dIywAD
— Anthony Man (@browardpolitics) November 7, 2018
About half of the shifty ballots marked Gillum for governor, and the other half voted for DeSantis, so there's a chance their votes would've evenly split between the Senate candidates as well. Still, the fact that a woman who broke federal and state election laws in 2016 is still in charge of Broward County's elections is raising some questions on its own. Read more at the Sun Sentinel. Kathryn Krawczyk