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Process of Recounts: What That Means for Florida and Georgia

November 24, 2018

Photo: The Nation

 

It is not news that during elections here in the United States, voting isn't a simple or equal process. We have seen it in the 2016 Presidential election with the Russian hacking that was involved and still being investigated, as well as with the 2018 Midterm elections. Throughout the entirety of the United States, people had problems with incredibly long lines, not enough ballot machines, and claims that they are not registered to vote and their ballot was not at the location. The way minorities are thrown on the back burner of election season is the reason for the "acceptability" of voter suppression throughout many Republican districts. 

Florida was a race I was heavily involved in, even though I am based here in California. Florida is an important state when it comes electing a Democratic Governor because the state has never elected Democratic before. Andrew Gillum, Democrat for Governor, lost by less than half a percent and his campaign was a huge step in the right direction for Florida. Bill Nelson also lost the seat in the Senate to Rick Scott after conceding during the 12-day recount that took place a couple days ago. 

Photo: Wisc News

 

The state is highly divided between right-wing conservative Republicans and the Democratic party within Florida. Even though Mayor Gillum of Tallahassee conceded the night of the Midterms, he withdrew his concession when the races were being challenged that votes were not being counted. He states that he wants to see every vote counted, which includes absentees and military ballots. 

 

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, believes that the recount process will work in the favor of the Democratic party to end up having a runoff December 4 with the Republican candidate, Brian Kemp. Abrams ran a campaign that was filled with important topics at hand and she refused to concede until every vote is counted from all counties. In Georgia, there were discussions of the Kemp campaign having more voting polls in comparison to Abrams districts. This form of voter suppression has been a commonality in both the 2016 Presidential election and the 2018 Midterm election.

Photo: The New Yorker

 

So what does this mean for Florida, Georgia, and the way we process votes? The demanding of correct voting counts, equal voting polls, and waiting in line until you can vote is all working in favor of fighting back the party that suppresses minorities and the Democratic party. You think being in 2018, we would have better ways of voting that make it easy on everyone involved, but it only seems to be getting worse. Since the investigation of the 2016 election is still underways, people are tired of letting campaigns cheat their way into office when the popular vote goes against them. With people speaking up about these situations, it makes it harder for them to do it without any consequences and forces the federal government to be more accurate with elections. 

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