So you can officially party like it’s 2000 because we’re having a Florida recount — this time for the Senate and gubernatorial races. Get your Dreamcast out and put on OutKast’s “Stankonia” while you play some “NFL Blitz.” It’s Y2K again, baby.
Of course, things have changed since the day of hanging chads (or “hanging chad,” as per Jake Tapper, who insists that the singular and plural of “chad” are the same), and probably not for the better.
In fact, according to court records, lawyers for Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum and Sen. Bill Nelson — both of whom lost during the first count — actually tried to get the vote of a non-citizen to count.
The incident was first reported by The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak, who used court documents to illustrate that lawyers for Gillum and Nelson, during a meeting of the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board, tried to get the ballot of someone who isn’t even an American counted:
Here are lawyers for Nelson and Gillum directly arguing, Friday night in Palm Beach, that a ballot by a NON-CITIZEN should NOT be excluded.https://t.co/Z9HsIzWYYd @DailyCaller pic.twitter.com/zynSdgTdZ9
— Luke Rosiak (@lukerosiak) November 10, 2018
“Michael Barnett, chairman of the Palm Beach Republican Party, told TheDCNF that the county’s canvassing board was going through provisional ballots and quickly deciding whether to allow or disallow each. This exchange is of the first non-citizen’s vote they encountered,” The Daily Caller reported.
“The vote was disallowed despite the objections of the lawyers because two of the three members of the canvassing board ruled that it was an impermissible vote.” (Emphasis mine.)
That’s right — two out of three.
There wasn’t unanimity over whether a non-citizen’s vote ought to count. Believe it or not, things somehow get worse from there.
“The lawyer who was present was not someone we had authorized to make such an objection. Non-citizens cannot vote in U.S. elections,” said Marc E. Elias, lawyer for Nelson.
If the name Elias sounds familiar, it should.
Here’s Lusiak describing him on “Fox & Friends.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) November 10, 2018
Elias is also the guy who, on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, hired Fusion GPS to put together the Trump dossier.
“The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said,” The Washington Post reported in October of 2017.
“Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research. After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
“Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the company in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that agreement, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.”
This isn’t exactly a pleasant augury, particularly since a phalanx of lawyers are now descending on the Sunshine State.
If we can’t agree unanimously that non-citizens shouldn’t vote, that’s a sign something is seriously broken — and that’s not good for either our democracy or the people of Florida.
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