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Judge orders Broward election official to hand over vote records

The judge said Brenda Snipes must "allow immediate" viewing and copying of records that have been requested.

A judge has ruled Broward County's supervisor of elections violated state law and must hand over records from Tuesday's vote by 7 p.m. today.

The decision is in reaction to a lawsuit filed Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott's Senate campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee against Brenda Snipes.

Related: Who is Brenda Snipes, the Broward County supervisor of elections?

CBS Miami reports the judge said Snipes must “allow immediate” viewing and copying of records that have been requested.

An attorney for Snipes, Eugene Pettis, told CBS Miami that Snipes “never told them she wouldn’t provide the information.” Snipe’s attorney noted that the records request was made just 26 hours before and that the focus should be on counting the vote.

Scott has accused "unethical liberals" of trying to steal the election.

RELATED: Rick Scott sues 2 Florida counties, accusing 'unethical liberals' of trying to steal election

Scott led the initial counts from Tuesday's election, but -- in the days since -- the gap between him and incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson has narrowed sharply to the point a state-mandated recount would be necessary.

On Friday, Nelson's campaign filed a lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner over mail-in ballots and the counting process.

According to CBS Miami, Marc Elias, the lead recount lawyer for Nelson, said the signature match process used to validate provisional ballots, arguing that it leaves the decision to the “untrained opinions” of poll workers to determine “whether signatures match.”

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