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Florida Nightmare, Redux: Palm Beach County Can't Meet Recount Deadlines

In Florida, the only votes that count are the ones cast for Republicans.

Welcome to the Florida Recount Nightmare Redux. With Republicans in charge of the state and vote counts within fractions of a percent of one another, we're heading for another dizzying array of arbitrary deadlines and cheating cheaters.

For example, in Palm Beach County, officials have said it's impossible to complete their machine recount by Thursday.

Sarah Revell, the communications director for the Florida Department of State, told CNN's Ana Cabrera that if a county does not submit its results by deadline, "then the results on file at that time take their place," she said.

Revell added that Florida law does not give the secretary of state the authority to grant extensions.

Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Michael Barnett told CNN that the county's inability to meet the deadline would be "good news for Republicans because our candidates are ahead."

"If they're not able to meet the deadline, the secretary of state of Florida may go ahead and certify the elections for our candidates," Barnett said. "In that case, you can bet your butt there will be lawsuits filed everywhere."

In Broward County, Rick Scott is...well, basically having a hissy fit and being a bully.

By the end of the day, Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for Senate, filed suit against Snipes in a circuit court. He sought a judge’s order that law enforcement agents impound and secure all voting machines, tallying devices and ballots “when not in use until such time as any recounts.” The lawsuit accused Snipes of repeatedly failing to account for the number of ballots left to be counted and failing to report results regularly as required by law.

It is as if we've turned the clock back 18 years and it's 2000 all over again, with a Supreme Court ready, willing and able to step in and decide (YET ANOTHER) close Florida race.

I don't know about you, but it's making a stressball out of me all over again.


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