A Florida judge has just ruled in favor of the lawsuit filed by Governor Rick Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
At the close of Election Day, Scott was ahead in the race for the Senate in Florida. But Broward County still claimed to have votes uncounted but they completely violated all the laws regarding them, as Scott noted in his lawsuit.
Scott filed the suit to force Broward County election supervisor Brenda Snipes to comply with the law and the public records act.
The lawsuit contended:
From Daily Wire:
Voting in the 2018 General Election concluded November 6, 2018. Two days after voting has concluded, the Supervisor Of Elections is unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed. The lack of transparency raises substantial concerns about the validity of the election process. An emergency hearing is necessary as the Canvassing Board is obligated to submit the unofficial elections results to the Division of Elections by noon November 10, 2018. A recount in at least two, possibly three, of the statewide races appears likely. Plaintiffs seek an immediate, emergency hearing of this matter pursuant to section 119.11, Florida Statutes; an Order from this Court declaring Defendants to be in breach of their constitutional and statutory duties to permit access to public records; and an Order from this Court compelling Defendants to provide Plaintiffs with access to those records.
Not only that but as Marco Rubio noted, they were required to report on the totals according to specific timelines that they were violating.
And the judge agreed that Snipes violated the law and had to provide the information by Scott and the NRSC and that they had to turn over the records by 7:00 pm EST on Friday.
Scott pointed out that because they haven’t been complying with the law, the numbers keep changing and the “found votes” seem to all be cutting into his lead, just coincidentally, of course.
Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes. By Wednesday morning, that lead dropped to 38,000. By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000. This morning, it was around 21,000. Now, it is 15,000. On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast. At 1 a.m. today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on election day. At 2:30 p.m. today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day. And we just learned, that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on Election Day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night. So, it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed and Broward and Palm Beach Counties are still finding and counting ballots – and the Supervisors – Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher – cannot seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been.”
As Scott noted it sure appeared like they were trying to come up with as many votes as they needed to defeat him. He also said he’d asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the apparent law-breaking.
Scott and others pointed out this wasn’t the first time that there were questions in Broward and that previously it was found that Snipes had improperly destroyed ballots.
Thankfully, this lawsuit may have stopped the nonsense.
But the greater question is why does this woman still have a job and why is this still allowed to go on?
Stopping it now is a victory, but who knows what may have been messed with at this point?