(CNSNews.com) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has opened a criminal investigation into allegations of election fraud, and although she refused to go into detail, she said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, at her direction, is conducting interviews.
Bondi spoke with Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night:
There have been so many allegations, and right now that's all that there are. They're allegations. But I've had my prosecutors on the ground in (Fort) Lauderdale. We have the Florida Department of Law Enforcement-- the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has also opened a tip hotline for folks to call. You can go on their website and get it; I can give it out.
But if folks feel that they have seen evidence of fraud, call that in. We are clearly doing an investigation. We have made no conclusions. But this is about the integrity of our election process, and wherever it leads, we want to be sure that voters know that our process is going to be fair and legal, Sean.
Among other things, Bondi indicated that investigators are examining missed deadlines for vote tabulations and other violations of the process that is laid out in Florida law.
She said that in addition to the ongoing criminal investigation, at least seven civil lawsuits have been filed by the Democrat Party, the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters, and others who want to retroactively change the Florida constitution.
"And they're basically trying to, as you know, throw out deadlines, so it would be the wild, wild West. I mean without deadlines, how do you manage elections?" she asked.
"And they also don't want to require signatures for provisional and vote-by-mail ballots. And it let me make this very clear. Florida law -- Florida law expressly and unambiguously states, that you must have signature verification. So what they want to do -- they want to change the law after the ballots have all been cast, and go back retroactively and change our law, which is -- it’s ridiculous. And Bill Nelson needs to take a breath and concede gracefully and walk away from this."
Nelson, who trails Republican Rick Scott in the vote count, filed suit in federal court on Tuesday to "extend the deadline for recounting of all the votes statewide in the U.S. Senate race," his campaign said.
Right now, the deadline for machine recounts is 3 p.m. on November 15; and the deadline for hand recounts is noon on Nov. 18.
Unofficial returns show Scott leading Nelson by more than 12,500 votes.