Court Permits Broward County to Proceed Vote Counting

Today a judge in Florida denied Rick Scott’s senatorial campaign’s request to prevent timely-cast ballots from being counted in Broward County.

That came after a judge allowed the League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause Florida to enter a lawsuit for the purpose of ensuring that every eligible ballot cast is fairly counted. Those groups are represented by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, along with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Michael S. Olin of the law firm Buckner + Miles in Miami, and Michael J. Ryan of the firm Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman in Fort Lauderdale.

“This is a victory for democracy, and most important, for the people of Florida,” said Patricia Brigham, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida. “Voters who cast their ballots on time deserve to have their voices heard.”

“This is a win for Florida voters because counting every eligible vote is how democracy is supposed to work,” said Anjenys Gonzalez-Eilert, Executive Director, Common Cause Florida. “Tossing out timely ballots would have been a gross injustice and this ruling will restore the faith of voters in the process.”

“We had a senate campaign attempt to recklessly and improperly reject the voices of eligible voters during the ballot counting process, and today, those shameful attempts were beaten back,” said Myrna Pérez, deputy director of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program and head of its voting rights project. “We’re proud to represent the people of Florida to ensure their rights are upheld, their voices are heard, and their will at the ballot box is protected.”

Click here for more information and documents pertaining to the case.

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