Gov. DeSantis: 'Transparency' Minimizes 'Funny Business' in Florida Vote Counting

By Susan Jones | November 5, 2020 | 7:38am EST
President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis discussed the pandemic in Belleair, Florida, July 31, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis discussed the pandemic in Belleair, Florida, July 31, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

( - "What I am seeing in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania is troubling," Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night.

The governor noted that his state processed its 11 million ballots by 10 p.m. on Election Day with no problems, and he said "transparency" is the key:

When I came in, I removed the Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections, got the resignation of the Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes. So there were new teams into those problematic South Florida counties. They did a great job. It was much smoother.

And also, Florida is very transparent -- as people vote, either by mail, early, or in person on Election Day. You know how many people are going in. You know the party breakdown in real time. It's constantly being updated. So what we basically know is the universe of people that have voted.

It's much harder to have any funny business if you know how many votes are outstanding. And so I think the transparency and the efficiency -- and look, we are a much larger of a state than a lot of these other places that are struggling. We were able to process over 11 million ballots, most of those by 10 P.M. At night.

There's no reason for what's going on in these other states.

DeSantis also said media outlets should have called the Florida race a win for Trump at 8:30 p.m. And he said Fox News never should have called Arizona for Biden so early in the evening. As he spoke, the votes were still being counted in Arizona, and Trump was leading by a small margin.

"If you're going to be quick on the trigger, then be quick on the trigger for both sides,” DeSantis said. “It seems like with Trump, they never want to call the state. And then Biden, man, they'll do it right away. It's inconsistent, it's unacceptable."

DeSantis said a delayed outcome undermines people's trust in the election, "especially when you have these vote dumps that are happening a day or two after election night. One candidate has a huge win and then the fortunes change. It causes people to have no confidence in the process."

The Trump campaign, not trusting the vote-counters in Democrat strongholds, is now suing three states that are still counting mailed-in ballots -- Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.

The campaign is demanding "meaningful access" to watch the ballot counting, and it wants to see the ballots that were counted before meaningful access was granted.

In Georgia, the campaign is suing to segregate late-arriving ballots so they can be tossed if the courts rule in Trump's favor.

The campaign says a Republican poll observer in Georgia witnessed 53 late absentee ballots illegally added to a stack of on-time absentee ballots in Chatham County. "We will not allow Democrat election official to steal this election from President Trump with late, illegal ballots," the campaign said.

At a news conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Eric Trump said ballot counters in that city are "trying to cheat."

They have three by five printed, big posters in polling locations, all over the city, saying to vote for Biden and Harris, which is totally illegal. They’re passing out flyers. The supervisors of elections, we have them on video, certain ones wearing literally Biden Harris face masks in polling locations, which is totally illegal.

And now they won’t let, and we brought one great gentleman here with us today, Jeremy, who’s a poll watcher down at the convention center. They won’t even let him watch as they count the ballots. They put them behind a fence, 40, 50 yards away where they actually can’t see the counting happening.

Guys, this is fraud. This is absolute fraud. We’ve seen it in Philadelphia before. They’re trying to make a mockery of the election of this country.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, speaking at the same news conference, said both parties have the right to observe mailed-in ballots, just as they do with absentee ballots.

"You make certain it’s properly signed on the outside, there’s a signature. You make sure that it’s properly postmarked. You make sure that it’s properly addressed, and then you pass on it. A number of these are often challenged by the Democrat representative or the Republican representative. We never got a chance to look at a single one of them.”

As a result, Giuliani said 120,000 ballots should be "taken out of the count."

"What it says to me is this is a concerted effort of the crooks that run the Democratic Party. And you know, these big city machines are crooked. You know that," Giuliani said.

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