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Gov. Rick Scott to step down from elections board

Posted: 11:20 AM, Nov 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-14 16:20:11Z
Gov. Rick Scott to step down from elections board

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) —  Florida Gov. Rick Scott will step down from the state panel responsible for certifying the results in the state's highly contested elections.

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Daniel Nordby, a lawyer for the Republican governor, told a federal judge Wednesday that Scott will recuse himself from the state's canvassing commission. The commission is a three-member panel that officially signs off on election results in state and federal races.

Scott is locked in a tight Senate race against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson that is the subject of an ongoing recount.

The League of Women Voters of Florida and another group have filed a lawsuit seeking to remove Scott from any official control over the election. Scott appoints the state's chief election official responsible for ordering recounts. Ballots, however, are counted by local election officials.