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Rick Scott lawsuit against Palm Beach County in Florida election recount temporarily dismissed

Posted at 11:27 AM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 04:50:49-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott’s attorneys were back in Palm Beach County Circuit Court Tuesday after filing another lawsuit in connection with the recount in the race for U.S. Senate.

Scott’s attorneys requested an order for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to impound and secure all voting machines and ballots from the election.

Judge Krista Marx said she does not believe she has the authority to grant that request.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw was in the courtroom and testified he has multiple deputies in the front and back of the tabulation center in Riviera Beach, and one deputy at the Supervisor of Elections Office on Military Trail.

Bradshaw said the deputies are in sight of the machines and are visibly able to observe the recount process. The deputies are there 24/7, and Bradshaw said he is willing to continue that for a reasonable amount of time but it's expensive.

When asked, Bradshaw also testified Scott’s campaign never asked if he had concerns of the integrity of the system.

Scott’s lawyer temporarily dismissed the lawsuit and agreed to discuss his request further with the sheriff.

Sen. Bill Nelson’s attorney also filed a motion to intervene.

Outside the courtroom, Bradshaw told reporters he has not seen or heard any allegations of nefarious behavior.

“I’m not going to do anymore that I’m already doing right now. I’m doing exactly what’s required of me. Everything is safe and secure. We’re following the guidelines that I'm statutorily required to follow and that’s what we’re going to continue to do for a reasonable time period,” Bradshaw said.