As Florida begins an official vote recount, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes is under the microscope.
Criticism against Snipes is not just coming from Republicans, either. Snipes once violated election laws by destroying ballots too soon. The ballots were part of a pending lawsuit over a contested Democratic primary race for a Congressional seat in 2016.
“Don’t know how many”
In what has become a pure fiasco, Snipes’ office admitted “they don’t know” exactly how many ballots were left to tabulate — days after the midterm’s Election Day.
Based on her history, they probably won’t know until they stuff the ballot boxes enough to prevent a Republican Governor and Senator from winning their respective races.
Since the polls closed, thousands more votes have been “discovered,” dramatically changing the landscape of at least three key races in the state.
On Friday, the Miami Herald reported that 22 “voided” ballots were reportedly mixed up in a batch of over 200 other provisional ballots.
Since the ballots could no longer be identified, Snipes reportedly counted them all in the tally, saying, “I don’t think it’s a large enough number” to make a difference.
Ironically, Snipes was appointed to her current position in 2003 by then-Governor Jeb Bush after the previous post holder was fired for gross mismanagement.
Since then, she has remained in office, which is astonishing considering how badly elections in Broward County have been conducted.
The real problems for Snipes started in 2012, when officials noted how Snipes always seemed to “find” extra votes when elections were extremely close.
Ilene Lieberman, who is a Broward County election official, stated, “When the canvassing board recessed on Saturday, we were basically told there were between 150 and 165 ballots remained to be counted, that they had to double check, that they hadn’t been counted before.”
“And, when we came back on Monday, the report showed 963 new ballots,” she added.
Corrupt? Or Just Incompetent?
In 2017, she actually admitted in court that non-citizens and felons had been able to vote under her supervision.
In February, a judge ruled that she had to stop secretly opening mail-in ballots before they were validated by the canvassing board.
This is clearly a woman that has lost grip on her office and needs to be replaced ASAP.
This also happens to be the woman that is apparently singlehandedly going to decide whether Florida remains red or swings blue.