Georgia and Florida are currently embroiled in a border war. No, that border war was won by the Bulldogs three weeks ago. This border war is waged by the Democrats, Republicans, some media outlets desirous of the latest outburst, and an evenly divided electorate.

Georgia Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Brian Kemp referenced the Rush Limbaugh handbook of media relations, calling his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams, “a disgrace to democracy” and a purveyor of “a radical agenda.” Moreover the Kemp campaign said of the Abrams campaign, they are attempting to “steal the election.”

The Georgia State Elections Board told Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden to instruct all Georgia counties on how to process mailed-in ballots. What does that mean? Nobody knows.

In Georgia’s Seventh District, Democrat Carolyn Bordeaux’s campaign has filed a lawsuit in federal court of their own. They have asked Gwinnett County election officials to delay certification of votes because the county has at least 1,000 absentee votes that haven’t been counted.

Similar things are happening in Florida. Democrat Bill Nelson is taking on Republican and current Governor Rick Scott in a contentious Senate race. Earlier today, Scott accused Nelson of “attempting to steal the election.”

“Bill Nelson is clearly a sore loser,” the Republican governor said on Fox News Monday. “He can’t stand the fact that he’s not going to be elected for what, the first time in decades.”

Scott is up less than 13,000 votes against Nelson, within the threshold to trigger an automatic recount. Scott said he filed lawsuits against election supervisors Brenda Snipes of Broward County and Susan Bucher of Palm Beach County over voting irregularities that he says violate Florida’s election laws.

“He’s just here to steal this election,” Scott said. “His lawyer came down here and said, I’m here to win the election. I’m not here to give a free and fair election, make sure votes are counted, no. He wants to win the election, that’s his only purpose.”

Nelson responded by saying Scott should step aside as the recount process takes place in fear of the Governor influencing state election employees.

“He should remove himself from any role in the recount process so the people can have confidence in the integrity of the election,” Nelson said in a videotaped statement. “Given his efforts to undermine the votes of Floridians, this is the only way that we can ensure that the people’s votes are protected.”

As America watches the Florida Governor’s race, the electorate learned concessions are acts of political sportsmanship, not binding contracts. Democrat Andrew Gillum welcomed the recount process after he conceded the race to Republican Ron DeSantis last Tuesday night. While Desantis’s team formally opened their transition team’s operations in Tallahassee, Gillum said Sunday the plan is to count ever single vote.

“The final count is not done. Let’s be clear about that,” said Gillum at the Sunday services at the Bethel AME Church in Tallahassee. “We are not talking about new votes; we are not talking about miracle votes; we are not talking about votes out of thin air, we are talking about the people.”

The machine recount needs to narrow DeSantis’ lead by about 15,000 votes to force a mandated hand recount of over and undervote ballots.

In Georgia, Kemp’s wishes to be referred to as “Governor-Elect” currently are exactly that — wishes. Everyone wishes each candidate follows the law and adhere to the built-in protocols that ensure a fair election process for all. Speaking of fair elections, there has not been a statement from the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security regarding Kemp’s allegations into the Democratic Party of Georgia’s hacking into the voter rolls.

In both Georgia and Florida, adherence to the law is not a campaign slogan, it is a responsibility that must be shared by all.

Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis shake hands before their debate Sunday, October 21, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Getty Images

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...

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