Counting Every Vote – The New York Times

“We need to be careful what we say,” said the judge, Jack Tuter, rejecting a request by Mr. Scott to impound unused voting machines and ballots. “These words mean things these days, as everybody in the room knows.”

It was a busy weekend for undecided elections in Florida and elsewhere. Here’s a recap of where things stand today:

• The first full, statewide vote recount in Florida history started on Saturday for races for governor, Senate and agriculture secretary. The deadline for the recount, which is being performed by machines, is Thursday at 3 p.m. But if the machine recount comes back with a margin of .25 percentage points or less, the state will begin a manual recount.

Most of the attention is focused on the Senate race, where unofficial election results show Mr. Scott leading Mr. Nelson by just .14 percentage points. A big question is why the Democratic bastion of Broward County saw about 25,000 fewer votes counted for Senate than governor, a number way out of whack with other counties. Poor ballot design may be a reason. There are also overseas and provisional ballots still to be counted.

• In Arizona, officials are proceeding with the slow work of counting ballots. Unlike in Florida, Republicans in the state are not alleging any kind of fraud. A majority of voters in the state cast early ballots and vote by mail, and counting their votes can take time.

Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic Senate nominee, is leading Representative Martha McSally, the Republican, by more than 31,000 votes. Many of the outstanding voters are in Maricopa County, the largest county in the state, which includes Phoenix and typically favors Democrats.

•In Georgia, Democrats are trying to push Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor, below 50 percent of the vote, triggering a runoff election later this year. The campaign of Stacey Abrams, the Democrat, says an additional 25,632 votes would push the race into a runoff; Mr. Kemp’s office says there are only about 25,000 votes outstanding. His share dropped slightly over the weekend, to 50.28 from 50.33 . Ms. Abrams’s lawyers filed a lawsuit on Sunday to force the counting of more provisional ballots and to push back the state’s certification of election results until at least Wednesday.

•In the House, Democrats keep expanding their margin as results roll in. Currently, the party has claimed at least 32 seats — up from 26 on election night. Results in 10 races are outstanding.