If you thought the 2000 Presidential Recount drama was captivating, get ready for this year's double feature.
The governorship and US Senate seat are being contested in a double statewide recount. While this doesn't necessarily involve the infamous Florida Supreme Court, don't be surprised if they don't ultimately pick the winners.
In the Bush v Gore recount challenge of the presidential election, the US Supreme Court was the ultimate referee, since that was a special set of circumstances where the electoral college involved the US Constitution.
But this set of elections involving Gov. Rick Scott's impending upset of Sen. Bill Nelson; and Rep. Ron DeSantis' edging out Tallahassee mayor, Andrew Gillum; is different.
Only Florida law and their constitution stipulates the process, rights, and rules for recounting any or all ballots.
The makeup of the Florida high court is changed in the past 18 years. We don't know for sure how activist this set of 7 justices will be. In the Bush v Gore final ruling, the US Supreme Court stated that the US Constitution gave specific oversight directly to the legislatures of the states. As such, that legislative entity is the final arbiter of the election process. therefor no state court could nullify the legislative powers.
The current counts:
49.7% - 4,052,118 - Ron DeSantis(REP)
49.0% - 3,996,679 - Andrew Gillum(DEM)
US SEnate - Florida
50.2% - 4,073,835 - Rick Scott(REP)
49.8% - 4,039,298 - Bill Nelson(DEM)