Tallahassee, Fla — Yesterday, September 4, 2016, Florida Secretary of State, Ken Detzner,
ordered a manual recount of votes that were cast in the Democratic Party’s primary election of Congressional District 2 that was held on August 30, 2016. The results of that election were within one percent triggering the recount. According to Section 102.166(1) of the Florida Statutes the Secretary of State is responsible for ordering manual recounts in federal, state, and multicounty races when the unofficial returns reflect that a candidate for any office was defeated or eliminated by one-quarter of a percent or less of the votes cast for such office, that a candidate for retention to a judicial office was retained or not retained by one-quarter of a percent or less of the votes cast on the question of retention, or that a measure appearing on the ballot was approved or rejected by one-quarter of a percent or less of the votes cast on such measure.
Based upon that statute and the second unofficial results reported to the Division of Elections in the Primary Election for the office of U.S. Representative, District 2, held on August 30, 2016, I hereby order that a recount be conducted of the overvotes and undervotes cast in relation to the referenced Democratic race, consistent with the requirements of section 102.166, Florida Statutes, and rule 1S-2.031, Fla. Admin. Code. Pursuant to the deadline set forth in section 102.112(2), Florida Statutes, the canvassing board(s) shall file returns no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 6, 2016.
Whomever the final winner of the Democratic primary, either Walt Dartland or Steve Crapps, will face Libertarian Rob Lapham and Republican Neal Dunn in the November 8, 2016, general election.