A Florida teacher found and reported a box containing potentially uncounted ballots on Thursday — two full days after extremely close midterm elections in the Sunshine State.
Schoolteacher Lakeisha Williams of Miramar Elementary School told the New York Post, “I went into the area that we use for storage and saw it in there.”
The provisional ballot box was apparently left behind by election workers earlier in the week.
Williams did not open or look inside the box — and instead told the principal about it.
The principal then contacted a local state representative.
One big problem: The provisional ballots needed to be received by county officials before 5 p.m. on Thursday.
The extra ballots could potentially make a difference — with both the state senatorial and gubernatorial race results so close.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott led Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson by just 17,000 votes at 0.2 percent of the vote for the Senate seat.
Republican Ron DeSantis was leading Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (shown above at top of this article) by about 30,000 votes at 0.4 percent to become governor.
Gillum is also considering the possibility of seeking a recount now, in response to his close but failed bid.
He was down by just one percentage point when he conceded defeat in a tough election battle that went late into the night on Tuesday.
But that already small loss has since narrowed even more.
Scott filed a lawsuit in response to the growing effort among liberals to push for recounts.
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Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) are alleging that officials there are hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted in the Democrat-heavy district of Broward County, Fox News reported. They also argue that the election supervisor in Palm Beach County illegally assumed voter intent when reviewing damaged or incorrect absentee ballots.
The RealClearPolitics (RCP) polling average had showed DeSantis struggling in the polls during the months leading up to the election. He was trailing by 2.5 to 4.5 percentage points but was eventually able to bridge that gap to about one percentage point in the middle of October.