Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes confirmed her plan to resign from office this week; turning in a letter of resignation Sunday evening after the conclusion of the ill-fated and problem-plagued Florida recount.
“Brenda C. Snipes, the elections supervisor of Broward County, Fla., turned in a letter of resignation on Sunday, hours after the conclusion of a vote recount that exposed a series of failures in her office, including a poorly designed ballot that may have contributed to a weak showing by the defeated Senate incumbent, Bill Nelson,” writes the New York Times.
“It has been my passion and honor to serve as the Supervisor of Elections for Broward County voters,” she wrote in the letter. “Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch.”
Snipes found herself embroiled in political turmoil after her county failed to comply with Florida law and missed an extended deadline; effectively nullifying the recount and reverting the tally to the original Election Day results.
Read the full report at the New York Times.
BROWARD BREAKDOWN: Rick Scott Files ‘EMERGENCY MOTION’ to Prevent Voter Fraud
Sitting Florida Governor and Senate candidate Rick Scott filed an “emergency motion” over the weekend; demanding local officials and law enforcement crackdown on potential “voter fraud” during the ongoing recount of last week’s midterm elections.
Scott announced the move on social media Sunday, writing “We’ve filed emergency motions and complaints in Broward and Palm Beach counties to ensure that we continue to do everything possible to prevent fraud and ensure this recount is operated responsibly.”
Legal Update: We’ve filed emergency motions and complaints in Broward and Palm Beach counties to ensure that we continue to do everything possible to prevent fraud and ensure this recount is operated responsibly. More info here: https://t.co/ClbLt1h9dq
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) November 11, 2018
“Following the continued antics, failures and willful disregard of the law by Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, the Scott for Florida team has filed emergency motions and complaints to protect the security of ballots and the ongoing recount process,” adds a statement from Scott’s campaign.
DODGY DEBBIE: Judge Says Florida Ballots ILLEGALLY DESTROYED in Schultz Race
A Florida judge ruled last week that county officials violated federal regulations and illegally destroyed ballots from a 2016 primary race won by Debbie Wasserman Schultz; adding guidelines require the votes be kept for at least 22 months after an election.
“Circuit Judge Raag Singhal decided that the records were wrongly destroyed because the laws require elections offices to keep the ballots in federal elections for 22 months. Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes destroyed the ballots just after 12 months,” writes Fox News.
“[The supervisor] has not presented any evidence refuting that the public records sought were destroyed while this case was pending before this court,” said the judge.
The initial lawsuit was filed by Tim Canova, Schultz’ opponent who urged the county to examine “voter irregularities” during the primary season.
He lost to Schultz by just 7,000 votes.
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced this week that his administration will deploy “election experts” to Broward County during the 2018 midterm elections to “ensure that all laws are followed.”