RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. -- Palm Beach County, like all of Florida's counties, faces a 3 p.m. Thursday deadline to recount its midterm election ballots by machine.

There's about 600,000 of them to do, and the county appeared to face an upward climb when its machines overheated and those that worked only could count one race at a time.

Wednesday evening, however, it appeared a not a creature was stirring -- except for reporters and security -- at the tabulation center.

"No sign of election workers doing anything," tweets WPEC-TV reporter Al Pefley.

Staff earlier in the day was seen running ballots through the machines.

A judge Tuesday suspended the deadlines for Palm Beach County's recounts in the governor and agriculture commissioner race, as well as U.S. House race for two candidates. The deadline for the Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott remains Thursday.

Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told the Treasure Coast Newspapers that with a "prayer" officials would make the count on time.

“We never anticipated these machines would have to run 24-7 for four recounts,” Bucher said.

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