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Three o'clock as mandated by law. Every county is supposed to complete a recount in very close races, including for Senator and governor last minute lawsuits and a plea from democratic Senator Bill Nelson have not changed that nor has news that at least one big Florida county is unlikely to make the deadline NPR political correspondent asthma holidays in that county Palm Beach county. Hey there. Hey, good morning. So I'm just looking at a map here Palm Beach county, right? Next to Broward County at south Florida. It's outside of Miami, beautiful beaches and so forth, but what's going wrong? Well, so far at this point. They just have not been able to it looks like meet the deadline, and it would really be a miracle at this point if they're able to do this and part of this is that they have these machines that are older. And so they can only recount individually one race at a time. So they got gotta run the governor's the Senate race. I then they're gonna run the governor's race. So Susan Booker who's the election supervisor has really said that she's in prayer mode that they'll actually finish this. I have to say that I'm working as hard as I can get any more. You know, why this is our democracy? And I'm here to count every vote, and I will take the time that's required. And you can see I haven't been home for three days. Steve the thing is there is this looming deadline, but for hours yesterday, there was just one machine running, and that's because on top of the fact that they have these older machines. They've also had tech difficulties with these machines they overheated on Tuesday. And that meant that they had to recount a hundred and seventy five thousand early ballots that they had all ready recounted in a nutshell, though, if they're not able to meet that deadline, according to Florida law, the provisional results that they've already submitted to the state, those are the ones that are gonna stand. Okay. So that may be what we end up with in Palm Beach county, and we'll see other counties are turning in their recounted results. There's this three pm deadline. What happens after that? Well, if a race comes down to being within a quarter of a percent, then there will be a manual recount. And in the governor's race. This is likely not going to be the what's hit. Right. So the governor's race we're likely to see some results after today that are more official. But in the Senate race, Republican Rick Scott leads Democrat Bill Nelson by about twelve thousand five hundred votes, which translates to point one five percent. So in a race like that we're going to have a manual recount most likely I will not be all of the ballots. It's just going to be those people who had either chosen multiple candidates who had not chosen a candidate. At all the official returns are then do by noon on Sunday. And I do want to say one quick thing though about eight last minute. Judge's ruling that we saw this morning. She ruled in favor of a challenge by Bill Nelson to give voters until Saturday to correct any issues with mismatched signature this decision is going to affect only Floridians who cast their ballots by mail or voted provisionally. So it's a limited four thousand plus people as a pretty narrow decision. But that's where things stand that is the timeline assuming they are no more rulings from the judge today. Okay. Could further delay the deadline, asthma, very briefly. What are you hearing from Floridians about all of this? Yes, I have been in and really Steve locals. Tell me that they are embarrassed and frustrated one Republican woman told me that they feel like they look like fools to the rest of the country that people don't seem to understand really why this is happening. They feel like it makes their county look suspicious, and what I will say Steve is this frustration feels fairly bipartisan and a big part of this problem. You know, people are saying is the technology. These outdated machines, the county Palm Beach county is planning on getting more modern machines by twenty twenty. But overall people wanna feel like this is gonna work NPR's s Muhammad in Palm Beach county, Florida aspe-, thanks.