U.S. District Court judge gives Fla. voters more time to resolve ballot issues

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UPDATED 8:50 AM PT — Thurs. Nov. 15, 2018

Employees at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office recount ballots, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

A federal judge is giving Florida voters more time to correct provisional and mail-in ballots as the recount continues.

On Thursday, the District Court in Tallahassee ruled voters now have until 5:00 PM Saturday to resolve any issues.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Walker concluded the state’s process made it difficult for changes to be made before the initial deadline.

As a result, over 4,000 ballots were rejected because signatures did not match those on file.

Attorneys for Senator Bill Nelson argue the signature-match laws are unconstitutional, while Republican Governor Rick Scott has previously said residents should be concerned about voter fraud.

“The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency and the supervisors are failing to give it to us. Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, and the Broward supervisor of elections Brenda Snipes has a history of acting in absolute bad faith.” — Governor Rick Scott, (R) Fla.

Florida election officials are set to certify the results on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.