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09/12/2018
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The Florida recount is now official. Here's how it will work

A quick breakdown of the process.

Tallahassee, Nov.10 (CNN).– Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced on Saturday that three statewide races in Florida would head to a recount. A lawyer watches as a voting technician sorts ballots at a Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections center in Riviera Beach, Fla., on Saturday.A lawyer watches as a voting technician sorts ballots at a Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections center in Riviera Beach, Fla., on Saturday.

With the margin of unofficial results in the Senate, gubernatorial and agriculture commissioner races below less than half of one percent (0.5%), a machine recount will commence.

Barring lawsuits, delays, and local issues that could lengthen the process, here's a quick breakdown of what to expect over the next week and a half.

Machine recount

Counties can now begin to re-feed ballots into county or central count tabulators for the mandated machine recount. This process must be completed in all 67 counties by 3 p.m. on November 15, when the re-tabulated results are due back to the secretary of state. The results are known as the "Second Unofficial Returns."

Manual recount

If after the machine recount the results from any of these races has a margin of 0.25% or less, a hand recount will be ordered for undervotes and overvotes only - not the entire 8.1 million plus votes that have been cast.

The Florida Secretary of State's office defines undervotes as "no choice or fewer than the number of allowable choices in the recounted race(s) on their ballot." Essentially, a voter didn't pick someone for every race. The secretary defines overvotes as a voter who "designated more choices than allowable in recounted race(s) on their ballot" ...

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