Several key races in Florida are still too close to officially call — days after Tuesday’s Midterm Election.
ABC Action News has answers to questions you need to know about possible recounts.
What big races currently face a potential recount?
Governor (DeSantis / Gillum)
US Senate (Scott / Nelson)
Commissioner of Agriculture (Fried / Caldwell)
State Senate District 18 (Cruz / Young)
How does a recount work in Florida?
Under state law in Florida, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is 0.5 percentage points or less. The Secretary of State determines if the returns for any federal, state or multi-county races or issues on the ballot meet the statutory threshold requiring a machine recount; a hand recount takes place when that margin diminishes to a quarter percent.
For all other races, the county canvassing board is responsible for ordering recounts.
Counties in Florida have until noon on Saturday, November 10 to submit unofficial election results to the Department of State. Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Detzner who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, will review the results and decide whether to order recounts.
Voters given a provisional ballot do not scan their ballots into a tabulation machine. Instead, the ballots are placed into secure envelopes and delivered to the county of Supervisor of Elections offices for further processing.
How many provisional ballots are in Tampa Bay?
Hillsborough: Approximately 850
Polk: Approximately 497
How are provisional ballots validated?
According to the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections, provisional ballots cast are reviewed for eligibility, and the majority are validated by the canvassing board and counted.
The secrecy of votes cast is protected during the canvassing board’s review of provisional ballots and only legal requirements for voting are examined.
There are legal standards the canvassing board uses, but the main way is to compare signatures on Provisional Ballot and voter registration. If they match, the ballot shall count.