FLORIDA — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and a Democratic campaign committee are continuing to file lawsuits over the recount underway in Florida.
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Nelson and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee filed two lawsuits Tuesday. One asks a federal judge to set aside looming deadlines for machine and hand recounts of ballots to give all counties time to complete recounts.
Marc Elias, a campaign attorney for Nelson, said every county should be given a chance to finish recounting the ballots in the race. There are concerns that some large counties will not be able to finish a hand recount if it is ordered.
A Florida circuit judge is also suspending looming recount deadlines, but her ruling applies to Palm Beach County only and does not apply to the U.S. Senate race between Nelson and Rick Scott.
Leon County Judge Karen Gievers ruled Tuesday that a machine recount in two other statewide elections, including the race for governor, can go beyond Thursday's deadline. Gievers also extended the deadline for a legislative race.
Jim Bonfiglio, a Democrat running for the Legislature, filed the lawsuit asking that recount deadlines be suspended.
Gievers agreed to the delay because Palm Beach does not have enough machines to do four recounts at the same time.
It's not clear, however, if Gievers' ruling will remain in place. Lawyers for Secretary of State Ken Detzner have asked that the lawsuit be moved to federal court.
Recounts continue in all 67 counties across Florida as every vote is being tallied under the close watch of campaign officials and volunteers.
At the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office, recounts will resume Tuesday morning.
If any of the races after the recount are still within 0.25 percent or smaller, then they will head for a hand recount.
Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles told Spectrum News that his team is working overtime to recount hundreds of thousands of ballots.
"How long it will take us, nobody knows. It will take us until we're done," said Cowles.
As the recount process continues in Florida, more discrepancies are emerging.
Bay County officials are revealing a violation of state law: Some hurricane-displaced residents were allowed to vote by email, which is illegal.
In Broward County, deputies are keeping a close eye on the ballots and voting machines. And in Manatee County, the count had to start over because of a machine error.
The supervisor of elections says his office will meet the Thursday deadline.
The machine recount started in Hillsborough County and the supervisor of elections says his office will have no issues making the Thursday deadline and that he is not expecting any meaningful changes to any results from election night.
That remains the case statewide, where out of all the stories about boxes of votes being found in closets and rental cars, about 150 people being allowed to vote by email in the Panhandle.
It will likely not be enough to swing the governor's race or U.S. senate race. Thousands of votes separate the candidates in each race, too many for any experts to think a recount will flip the races.
Despite that, a very divisive war of words coming from both Republicans and Democrats over the recount.
The campaigns for Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson have both filed a series of lawsuits.
A judge denied Scott's request to impound voting machines when they are not in use.
Nelson's team is asking a judge to allow "vote by mail" ballots, postmarked before the election, to still be counted.
Scott says he is the clear winner and will be in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to take part in the Senate's new member orientation. However, that orientation has been moved to Wednesday.
Scott leads the U.S. Senate race by a far smaller margin, just 12,562 votes or .015 percent. A second recount may be required if the current recount produces the same results.
In the governor's race, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum said he was prepared to accept whatever the outcome is, with former U.S. Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis is poised to become Florida's 46th governor, maintaining a 33,684 vote (0.41 percent) lead in the race over Gillum.
In the Florida Agriculture Commissioner race, Republican Matt Caldwell has also filed a lawsuit against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, with the lawsuit stating that "the concern that the absentee ballots being counted were received after the permitted statutory time."
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
— Jason Lanning contributed to this story