The election recount in Florida heats up as lawyers for gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum and incumbent Senator Bill Nelson object to a rejected ballot cast by a noncitizen, although not clearly stating their reasoning.
According to Fox News, the incident occurred during a meeting in Palm Beach County Friday, where the recount is being handled. During that time, a court reporter allegedly took note of a rejected ballot that was cast by an undocumented citizen. It is the “first one of these [Florida’s] seen,” according to Judge August Bonativa.
This is what triggered objections from the lawyers of both candidates, although both also refused to elaborate on the nature of their objections. While their objections were noted by state officials, the ballots in question remained uncounted.
While the Gillum campaign stated no objections to their lawyer’s actions, the Nelson campaign later decided to distance themselves from their representative’s provisions, saying they did not authorize such behavior.
“The lawyer who was present was not someone we had authorized to make such an objection. Noncitizens cannot vote in U.S. elections,” said the Nelson campaign’s recount attorney Marc Elias.
The Gillum campaign did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Since the recount favored Democrats, the party has accused state Republicans of trying to stop all votes for Gillum and Nelson.
Donald Trump has already taken note of the situation, tweeting that the Democrats were trying to “STEAL two big elections in Florida!” In addition, he said that the country is “watching [the recount] closely” for any wrongdoing on the Democrat side.