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Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez Statement on Elections Recount

MIAMI ( November 10, 2018 )

"As the Mayor of the most populous county in Florida, I want to assure the public that our Miami-Dade Elections Department has worked vigorously and with foresight to stay ahead of schedule and comply with state law as required to begin the process of a recount," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said Saturday. "The Miami Dade County Canvassing Board certified the ‘unofficial’ results on Friday and those were immediately submitted to the State Division of Elections at 11:10 a.m. Friday ahead of the state’s Saturday noon deadline.

"Miami-Dade County had 28 Early Voting sites, the most of any county in the state and has processed the most ballots of any county.  Miami-Dade County has met or exceeded all deadlines, including posting by 7:15 p.m. on Election Day our early voting and vote-by-mail results. On Election Day, we made three runs to the Postal Service to ensure Miami-Dade County had every ballot received by postal facilities on that date, and our staff worked overnight until 6 a.m. Wednesday to ensure that last batch of 15,000 mail-in ballots were counted.

"I have full confidence in Christina White, a professional who heads our county’s Elections Department, and know that the department will continue to perform in an outstanding manner.  With over 813,000 ballots to scan and tabulate in five days this will be an extraordinary effort.  Every necessary resource is in place to ensure that we comply with state law by the prescribed legal deadline, of Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m."