Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Lawyer Contests Florida Presidential Election Vote

On Friday, December 2, 2016, Florida joined the list of states where voters have contested the results of the presidential election and requested a hand recount of the paper ballots. Filed in the 2nd Circuit Court in Leon County, FL, by attorneys from Clint Curtis & Associates, the complaint asserts that if the presidential votes had been counted properly, Hillary Clinton would have prevailed in Florida and received its twenty-nine Electoral Votes. 

In support of this contention, the lawsuit makes a number of allegations that call into question the integrity of the vote count—malfunctioning of election voting equipment, legal voters being turned away at the polls, requested absentee ballots that were never mailed, and even Donald Trump’s assertion that tens of thousands of illegal votes were counted. The allegations are supported both by voter complaints and by affidavits by some of the nation’s leading computer scientists with expertise in electronic voting systems.

The complaint states that large and persistent disparities between official results and projections by opinion polling, exit polls, and predictive turnout models also cast suspicion on the reliability of the results. Going into Election Day, all these sources confidently predicted that Hillary Clinton would win Florida by a margin of approximately half-a-million votes. Real-time estimates based on actual turnout continued to project Clinton as the winner throughout the day on Election Day. These kinds of disparities have historically been cited to challenge the results of elections—both here in the U.S. and abroad.

The complaint also asserts that the number of uncounted, or invalid, votes in Florida’s 2016 presidential race more than doubled compared to 2008 and 2012, based on official reports by the Florida Dept. of State. More than 160,000 Florida voters in 2016 did not have their vote in the presidential race counted. Election experts consider such excessive invalid vote rates as markers for election problems, such as equipment malfunctions, human error, or possible tampering.

Even more startling was the revelation that one of Florida’s main election vendors was attacked by hackers prior to the election. This vendor provides election services, including the electronic voter identification system, voter database management, and turnout reporting, to 63 of Florida’s 67 counties. The complaint asks that the voter databases and electronic poll books be impounded to preserve evidence.

The complaint was filed Friday, Dec. 2, by attorney Sylvain R. Robitaille, the managing Florida partner of Clint Curtis & Associates, (407) 384-3120, law@clintcurtis.com.


  1. I can not believe that you would even publish a story such as this. If the press would just ignore these headline seeking do-nothings, they would go away. The election is over and Trump won. It is time for America to pull together and try to clean up the mess that the Obama administration left us and we don't need these idiots hindering the progress.