Report: Broward Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes May Be Forced From Office for Violating Law

Looks like the ax may be falling on the Broward County election supervisor after the debacle of how the election has been handled.

From Daily Wire:

After a judge found her to have violated Florida elections law and amid reports of more highly suspicious actions by her office, the supervisor of elections for Broward County, Brenda Snipes, is expected to be “forced from office” by either Gov. Rick Scott or governor-elect Ron DeSantis, Politico reports.

“Counting unlawful votes. Destroying ballots. Sunshine Law violations. Busted deadlines,” Politico’s Marc Caputo writes. “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.”

Even Snipes’ fellow Democrats have begun to abandon her amid her increasingly indefensible mishandling of the count, which has already resulted in a judge finding her in violation of Florida election law, Snipes’ office accidentally mixing invalidated ballots into legitimate results, and a suspicious series of reports of “found” ballots and illegally transported ballots.

Caputo reports that it’s increasingly likely that she will be suspended from her office.

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been sounding the alarm over the actions of Broward and Palm Beach, slammed Snipes’ office as “the most troubled elections office in the nation” and Snipes as having “shown she’s incapable of conducting a large and important election in a way that inspires public confidence and trust.”

Among the troubling actions of Snipes, he noted, are destroying ballots and opening absentee ballots early, both in violation of state law, and misprinting ballots. Her office was also caught mixing in illegal votes with valid votes:

And Snipes appears to know that her time may be up. Democrats are sayinng that she plans to quit, but it’s not clear when. “I hope it’s soon,” said one state Senate Democrat who declined to be named. “Otherwise, she’s a goner.”

Snipes has a long history of problems including a court finding that she had illegally destroyed ballots in 2016.

From Sun-Sentinel:

— A court ruled she had broken election law when she destroyed ballots from the 2016 election 12 months after it, instead of the 22 months required by federal law.

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— A medical marijuana amendment was left off some ballots in 2016.

— Election results in the 2016 primary were posted on the elections office’s website before polls closed, another violation of election law.

— In 2012, almost 1,000 uncounted ballots were discovered a week after the election

— In 2004, some 58,000 mail-in ballots were not delivered to voters, leaving election officials to scramble to send new ones.

And now, after days passed in which Snipes could not or would not say how many ballots remained to be counted, and failed to give regular updates to the state every 45 minutes as required by law, she was hit with a lawsuit by Scott’s Senate campaign and the National Republican Senate Committee demanding she inform the public how many votes remained to be counted.

The races have gotten closer since Election night but the ‘final count’ at present has both GOP candidates Rick Scott and Ron De Santis ahead, Scott by around 12,500 and De Santis by about 33,700.

Recount experts believe those should hold up as recounts generally have not shifted the counts significantly enough to switch the lead.

But they need to look at whether there are endemic issues there, not just tied to Snipes, as the prior person who held her position also had issues.

And they ought to be taking a look at Susan Bucher and the violations in Palm Beach as well, not just Snipes.

This needs to stop, it’s not fair to either side and especially not to the voters who deserve to have confidence in the electoral process.

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