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2018 Recount Deadlines in Florida

Robert Timothy Reagan
May 8, 2019
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Jim Bonfiglio Campaign v. Detzner (4:18-cv-527) and Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate v. Detzner (4:18-cv-536) (Mark E. Walker, N.D. Fla.)
After a state judge indicated that she would provide a candidate with relief in an action seeking a deadline extension for a recount in one county, but before the state judge actually ruled, the state’s secretary of state removed the action to federal court. After taking evidence from county defendants, the federal judge issued an order declaring that county election officials had discretion to recount the plaintiffs’ race for the state legislature ahead of statewide races, because the plaintiffs’ race could be recounted more quickly. Based on evidence in this case, Judge Walker determined in a second removed case involving a U.S. Senate race that court relief was not required.
Subject: Recounts. Topics: Recounts; removal; intervention; matters for state courts.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.