November 12, 2018 / Press Releases, Videos

Nelson calls on Scott to recuse himself from recount

Orlando, Fla. – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson today called on Gov. Rick Scott to recuse himself from “any role” in Florida’s recount process as the supervisors of elections across the state begin a mandatory machine recount of more than 8.2 million ballots cast in this year’s U.S. Senate race.

“[Rick Scott] should remove himself from any role in the recount process so the people can have confidence in the integrity of the election,” Nelson said in a video statement released today by his campaign. “Given his efforts to undermine the votes of Floridians, this is the only way that we can ensure that the people’s votes are protected. “

Nelson said Scott is “using his power as governor to try to undermine the voting process” and his recent actions make clear that he “cannot oversee this process in a fair and impartial way.”

“He’s thrown around words like voter fraud without any proof,” Nelson said. “He’s stood on the steps of the governor’s mansion and tried to use the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the Broward elections chief.

“He’s filed lawsuits to try to stop votes from being counted and to impound voting machines.”

“The reason he’s doing these things is obvious,” Nelson surmised, “he’s worried when all the votes are counted, he’ll lose the election.”

Following is the full transcript of Nelson’s remarks and here’s a link to video of his statement: https://youtu.be/R19uOsJFB_E

 

Transcript of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s Remarks

Nov. 12, 2018

As the recount in the Senate race continues, we should have a common goal; and that is to make sure that every lawful vote is counted and counted as the voter intended.

We must also allow this process to take place with civility in our discussions.

And that’s because there is a fundamental American principle at stake: protecting every citizen’s right to vote.

Now, two unfortunate facts have become clear as everyday folks are watching this process:

And one fact is that Rick Scott isn’t interested in making sure every lawful vote is counted. And the second is that he’s using his power as governor to try to undermine the voting process.

He’s thrown around words like “voter fraud” without any proof.

He’s stood on the steps of the governor’s mansion and tried to use the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the Broward elections chief.

He’s filed lawsuits to try to stop votes from being counted and to impound voting machines.

The reason he’s doing these things is obvious: he’s worried when all the votes are counted, he’ll lose the election.

But it’s also obvious that Scott cannot oversee this process in a fair and impartial way.

And, thus, he should remove himself from any role in the recount process so the people can have confidence in the integrity of the election. Given his efforts to undermine the votes of Floridians, this is the only way that we can ensure that the people’s votes are protected.

It remains the most important goal of my campaign to make sure that every lawful vote be counted correctly in this Senate race, and that Floridians’ right to have their vote counted as intended is guaranteed.

Thank you and good afternoon.