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Florida Braces for Vote Recounts in Senate and Governor's Races

"It's really smart on the G.O.P.'s party," Mr. Silber said. "They know there is no evidence of fraud." Daniel A.…

“It’s really smart on the G.O.P.’s party,” Mr. Silber said. “They know there is no evidence of fraud.”

Daniel A. Smith, chairman of the political science department at the University of Florida, said 41,000 Floridians requested mail-in ballots, so election supervisors were simply inundated with ballots to count after election day.

“My position quite honestly there is a very low likelihood of fraud going on anywhere,” Mr. Smith said. “There is a capacity issue when so many ballots come in on Election Day.”

Mr. Scott claimed fraud in Broward County even though the state was monitoring Dr. Snipes office during the election. The state’s division of elections assigned two staffers to watch how the election was administered, visit polling places and observe the preparation of voting equipment and procedures.

The monitors made no reports of fraud.

“Our staff has seen no evidence of criminal activity at this time, “Sarah Revell, a spokeswoman for the division of elections, said on Saturday.

The odds that Mr. Gillum, who runs by about 34,500 votes, or 0.42 percentage points, and even Mr. Nelson, who is behind at less than 13,000 votes, or about 0.15 percentage points, will find themselves on top after a recount seems low, according to veterans of Florida’s presidential recount in 2000.

Marc Elias, Mr. Nelson’s attorney, has maintained that a machine error may still account for fewer votes for Mr. Nelson – an issue that would only be caught in a manual recount.

“Ultimately, the ballots are what they are,” he said. “The votes are what they are.”

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