Brenda Snipes has long history of documented corruption and incompetence spanning many elections…
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Something isn’t right in Broward County, Florida — and at a minimum, it’s incompetence.
Days after Florida’s other 66 counties completed their midterm election tallies, including the state’s largest county of Miami-Dade and those ravaged by Hurricane Michael in the panhandle, Broward was still counting votes. And those votes have eaten away at the narrow margins of victory Republican’s achieved in Florida’s high-stakes races for governor and U.S. senate.
Many are suspecting voter fraud, and not without reason.
Over the weekend, the Miami Herald reported one clear instance of wrongdoing when Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes was caught submitting nearly two dozen illegal ballots to the area’s canvassing board of judges.
The ballots were deemed illegal because due to mismatching signatures, meaning the signatures in the voter registration database did match the signatures made on the provisional ballots. Snipes had mixed them in with a batch of about 200 other provisional ballots.
The Herald, known for its progressive leanings, dutifully reported that Snipes mixed them in “accidentally.”
Not very comforting to #Florida voters that #BrowardCounty supervisor,in whose hands may rest outcome of Senate & cabinet race has in the past:
1. Illegally destroyed ballots
2. Secretly opened mail ballots
3. Sent voters too many ballot pages
4. Left const question off ballot
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 9, 2018
Snipes has a long history of documented corruption and incompetence spanning many elections. Notably, Broward County is home to Hillary Clinton ally and former Democratic Party national chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz. Earlier this year, a federal judge found Snipes guilty of illegally destroying election ballots concerning a close 2016 reelection race for Wasserman Shultz — while a lawsuit was pending against her for a recount.
As recently as June 2018, the reliably liberal South Florida Sun Sentinel editorial board called on Snipes to resign.
“Snipes’ recent problems include results being too early and too late, and several mistakes with ballots in 2016. Snipes ordered the Canova-Wasserman Schultz ballots destroyed 12 months after the election, even though federal and state laws require preservation for 22 months. Snipes did so even though a lawsuit over the ballots was pending. She called it a mistake…Florida’s second-largest county deserves better,” the editorial said.
Snipes only agreed to canvassing board oversight last week because a judge found her guilty of violating the Florida public records act when she refused to communicate with the Florida Department of State while curiously reporting tens of thousands of votes after election day.
Just as concerning is a report from neighboring Palm Beach County where noncitizen ballots may have been added to the late election count.
According to the Federalist, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher identified a voter as a noncitizen and declared that the ballot would not be counted. But attorneys representing the Democratic candidate for senate Bill Nelson and the Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum objected. A copy of the uncertified transcript shows the interaction.
“I would think this is something we could all agree on—that non-citizens shouldn’t vote, but evidently that’s not the case with Democrats,” said Michael Barnett, chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party.
Gillum, a self-avowed socialist, conceded to his Republican opponent for governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night, but has decided to withdraw his concession and fight to “count every vote.”