Thursday, November 15, 2018


Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Steve Bousquet is the Tampa Bay Times' Tallahassee bureau chief. He joined the Times in 2001 after 17 years at the Miami Herald, where he held a variety of positions including Tallahassee bureau chief, and he previously was a reporter at TV stations in Miami and Providence, R.I. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and a master's in history from Florida State University. Bousquet was a contributor to two editions of The Almanac of Florida Politics and to The Miami Herald Report: Democracy Held Hostage, an account of the 2000 presidential recount in Florida.

Palm Beach County Supervisor Of Elections Susan Bucher speaks to members of the media at the Supervisor of Elections office, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla.  A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems, and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000. Bucher said the machines underwent maintenance right before the election, but

Federal judge rejects Bill Nelson’s request to give counties more time to finish recounts

Palm Beach County’s election supervisor has already warned that the county will not be able to finish on time.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Bins filled with ballots are stacked at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office as employees count ballots during a recount, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) FLWL107

Judge extends mismatched signature ‘cure’ until 5 p.m. Saturday

Walker criticizes a system that has 'no standards,' is 'illusory' and does not pass constitutional muster.
Updated: 6 hours ago
At a 2016 conference, a vendor showed the many ways Florida voters mark their ballots [STEVE BOUSQUET - Times]

A machine can’t decide voter intent. In a manual recount, people must

Undervotes and overvotes in two statewide elections will test Florida's post-recount voting standards.
Published: 11/15/18
A provisional ballot that was rejected in Broward because the voter voted for Scott and Nelson, but then circled

Judge considers Bill Nelson lawsuit to count votes with faulty signatures

Florida's system of verifying signatures on mail and provisional ballots is under intense legal scrutiny.
Published: 11/14/18
FILE- In this Oct. 23, 2018, file photo shows Sen. Bill Nelson campaigns in Orlando. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging Nelson. Florida will vote for governor, U.S. Senate, Cabinet seats, Congress and decide 12 ballot questions. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File) FLORL302

Bill Nelson and Democrats file three new election lawsuits

The legal workload is rapidly multiplying for judges in federal court in Tallahassee.
Published: 11/13/18
Gov. Rick Scott attacked South Florida elections officials from the Governor's Mansion [Steve Bousquet - Tampa Bay Times]

Another lawsuit: Groups sue Rick Scott, demanding he remove himself

'No man should be a judge in his own cause,' the groups said in a lawsuit filed in Tallahassee.
Published: 11/12/18
A group of activists protest in front of the Miami-Date Elections Department, demanding a recount of all ballots from the county's mid-term elections, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS) 1245271

‘Put the pressure on’: Florida GOP activist seeks support for FDLE probe of Broward voting

The statewide law enforcement agency faces pressure to get involved while ballots are still being counted.
Published: 11/12/18
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesFlorida Governor Rick Scott spoke to the media at the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department, in Tampa, Fla. on February 28, 2018. “We have to get something done,

League of Women Voters urges Gov. Rick Scott to ‘remove yourself’ from ballot counts

The governor and Senate candidate is accused of intentionally politicizing governance of elections in Florida. His campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Published: 11/11/18
Gillum supporters gathered Saturday at the Broward vote tabulation center in Lauderhill [Caitlin Ostroff - Miami Herald]

State orders machine recounts for Governor, U.S. Senate, 4 other races

For the first time in Florida history, multiple statewide recounts will take place simultaneously.
Published: 11/10/18
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Lindsey Graham: Rick Scott ‘won the election fair and square’

The South Carolina senator refers to Florida's governor as "Senator-elect Scott."
Published: 11/10/18