If you weren’t already melting down from the funny business and Democrats violating the law in Florida, this story about what Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes might just make you lose it.
Snipes is now admitting she mixed in invalid ballots with valid ballots.
Yes, you heard that right. The Miami Herald headline says “Whoops.” That’s one way to look at it. The other is how can this person still be in charge?
From Miami Herald
Broward’s elections supervisor accidentally mixed more than a dozen rejected ballots with nearly 200 valid ones, a circumstance that is unlikely to help Brenda Snipes push back against Republican allegations of incompetence.
The mistake — for which no one had a solution Friday night — was discovered after Snipes agreed to present 205 provisional ballots to the Broward County canvassing board for inspection. She had initially intended to handle the ballots administratively but agreed to present them to the canvassing board after Republican attorneys objected.
Broward had about 600 provisional ballots from Election day which were invalid for a variety of reasons. But about 250 were valid. Because of a connectivity problem when initially checking their registration it showed they weren’t registered but they actually were. But now because Snipes separated them from the original signed envelopes, there’s now no way of determining which were the invalid ballots that she mixed in with the valid.
On Friday, the three-person canvassing board — on which Snipes usually sits — found about 20 of those 205 votes had mismatched signatures and declared them illegal. That means there are at least 20 illegal votes mixed into an anonymous pile of 205, all sitting in a machine that counted them but did not add them to the final count.
“The ballots cannot be identified,” Snipes confirmed when a lawyer for the Republican Party asked.
“This process doesn’t exist. The process is that the ballots aren’t opened. I would suggest to the board that this process would stop,” said Leonard Collins, a lawyer for the Florida Republican Party.
And they’re not sure what to do about it, according to the County’s attorney, Andrew Meyers. “We have found no clear authority controlling the situation faced by the board.” Which only goes to show no one even conceived of doing anything so ridiculous.
Way to promote confidence when Snipes and the Palm Beach County election supervisor Susan Buchar were already found to have failed to comply with the law.
Needless to say, people are incensed.
So here’s a final question. They only found out about this because Republicans bothered to sue to make the Snipes comply with the law.
If they would do this, what else is there?