Top Stories
Top Stories
Politics

Judge will not suspend Florida recount deadline

Key Points
  • U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Thursday rejected a request by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Democrats to give Florida counties more time to finish recounts.
  • All 67 counties are required to submit the results of a machine recount by 3 p.m.
  • In his ruling, Walker said he was concerned that some counties may not complete their work by the deadline. But he said there is a lack of information on when Palm Beach County would wrap up its work.
Election workers recount votes during the Florida midterm election recount on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the Broward Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill, Fla.
Christian Colon | Miami Herald | Tribune News Service | Getty Images

A federal judge is refusing to suspend looming election recount deadlines in the battleground state of Florida.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Thursday rejected a request by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Democrats to give counties more time to finish recounts. All 67 counties are required to submit the results of a machine recount by 3 p.m.

Palm Beach County's election supervisor has already warned that the county will not be able to finish on time.

In his ruling, Walker said he was concerned that some counties may not complete their work by the deadline. But he said there is a lack of information on when Palm Beach County would wrap up its work.

Walker said he cannot "fashion a remedy in the dark."

WATCH: This midterm ballot initiative could swing Florida in 2020

VIDEO11:5211:52
This midterm ballot initiative could swing Florida
Next Article
Key Points
  • Incoming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says he hopes to work with Democrats on issues such as infrastructure and taxes in the next Congress. 
  • Republicans will lose control of the House for the first time in eight years in January. 
  • McCarthy repeatedly said Democrats will only focus on investigations and impeachment — even though the party ran largely on health care and most Democrats avoided talk of removing President Donald Trump from office.