"An emergency hearing is necessary as the Canvassing Board is obligated to submit the unofficial elections results to the Division of Elections by noon November 10, 2018".
Nearly two days after polls closed, Snipes is refusing to disclose the number of county ballots that still need to be counted.
He added that he wanted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the state police agency, to investigate the count in South Florida because "left-wing activists have been coming up with more and more ballots out of nowhere".
"Election officials are literally just counting the ballots".
Scott, Florida's governor, is suing two of his state's counties - Broward and Palm Beach - asking for an investigation of the tens of thousands of votes trickling in days after the election, which have narrowed his lead enough to trigger a recount. As of Friday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 0.44 percentage point.
"Well, it could be", Trump said when asked if the federal government could get involved, "because if you look at Broward, and Palm Beach to a lesser extent, if you look at Broward County, they have had a terrible history". Florida law says any race within a 0.5 percent margin must go to a recount, and as of 9 a.m. Friday, Nelson trailed Scott by 0.18 percent.
According to the lawsuit, in 2012 and 2016, 1 percent of all vote-by-mail ballots were rejected as illegal.
Dan McLaughlin, a spokesman for Democratic U.S. Sen.
Governor Rick Scott, who on Tuesday night declared victory over Nelson, was suddenly a mere 15,000 votes ahead and heading for a hand recount. Phillips found that Snipes violated that law by failing to turn over the information to attorneys for Scott's Senate campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "And we just need to take a deep breath, we need to have some transparency, we need to get the votes counted and we also, though, going forward need to make our election systems better".
"As Nelson's legal team pushed forward, Scott's campaign quickly derided Elias as a hired gun" seeking to "steal" an election Nelson "already lost".
The tight races underscored Florida's status as a perennial swing state where elections are often decided by the thinnest of margins. The race remains too close to call, with Nelson narrowly trailing Scott.
In his statement, Nelson said he believes once all the ballots are counted, he will win the race.
"She has had a frightful history", said President Donald Trump, "and all of a sudden they're finding votes out of nowhere".
"We are pleased that the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections is being held accountable for this failure", said Scott Campaign Manager Jackie Schutz Zeckman.
Jesse Watters said Snipes has a questionable history, and he took a page from President Trump's nicknaming playbook by dubbing her "Sneaky Snipes".
In the governor's race, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday it's readying for a possible recount.