Broward County election chief Brenda Snipes is in hot water and will likely be forced from office by Florida Gov. Scott or his probable successor, Ron DeSantis, as statewide recounts for U.S. Senate, governor, and agriculture commission races for the 2018 midterm elections have turned messy, sources told Politico.
Sen. Marco Rubio: “She has shown she’s incapable of conducting a large and important election in a way that inspires public confidence and trust. She’s been found to have destroyed ballots, in violation of the law. Opened absentee ballots early, in violation of the law. Misprinted ballots that have gone out.”
Gov. Scott yesterday said in a court filing that Broward’s election chief
“has a long and troubling history of violating Florida election law, especially in close elections.”
Why didn’t he suspend her before the 2018 race?https://t.co/6qAyn1UuzD
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 12, 2018
Counting unlawful votes. Destroying ballots. Sunshine Law violations. Busted deadlines.
So many controversies have bedeviled Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes — culminating in her office’s troubles in the aftermath of Florida’s chaotic 2018 elections — that her days in office are now numbered, insiders and lawmakers say.
She’s losing support from fellow Democrats and faces the increasing likelihood of an embarrassing suspension from office at the hands of either Gov. Rick Scott or his likely successor, Ron DeSantis.
Suspending Snipes from office would put a final exclamation point on one of the most contested midterms in recent Florida history, which has resulted in three statewide recounts — for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner — as well as recounts in three local legislative races. Removal proceedings in the GOP-led Florida Senate could also cause a possible rift among Florida state Senate Democrats if the black caucus rallies around Snipes in the same way it did around her predecessor, who was also African-American, more than a decade ago.
“This is not just the most troubled elections office in the state, it’s the most troubled elections office in the nation,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, who contends that Snipes needs to be removed from office once the recounts that began Sunday in the races for governor and U.S. Senate are over.
“She has shown she’s incapable of conducting a large and important election in a way that inspires public confidence and trust,” Rubio said. “She’s been found to have destroyed ballots, in violation of the law. Opened absentee ballots early, in violation of the law. Misprinted ballots that have gone out.”
Snipes’ attorney, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, said Snipes is being unfairly attacked, along with Palm Beach County’s supervisor, Susan Bucher.
“Political gamesmanship at its best,” Norris-Weeks said via email. “The Broward County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections (and the canvassing boards for both counties) have done nothing more than count all votes as required by law. Ridiculous!” More
This is long overdue. But why only removed from her position? I believe she knew exactly what she was doing. She should be arrested for election fraud. Nothing will change unless they force her to be accountable for her actions. The best way to tell incompetence from fraud is to look at the outcome of their activities.
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