Teams of lawyers for President Donald Trump and Joe Biden got a rare look Friday at Broward voter signatures, at an event staged to clear up Republicans’ questions about election accuracy.
Lawyers for Trump’s presidential campaign had asked to periodically check signed Broward ballots to see if signatures really did match those on file, internal elections office emails and letters say. That request — which could have significantly delayed Broward’s vote-counting — was rejected.
Broward elections supervisor Pete Antonacci instead allowed a one-time look on Friday at 15 randomly selected ballot signatures, from recent mail-in ballots, as a “confidence building exercise.” Each voter’s official signature on file was copied and laid alongside the signed ballot. The matches were near clones.
Antonacci said the Republicans’ request to verify signatures came after the St. Lucie County elections office allowed ballot processing to be viewed there during the August primary.