Perhaps the most incompetent elections official in the nation finally resigned in disgrace after Broward County, Florida, again made the United States of America an international laughing stock.
Brenda Snipes, a Democrat, held the post as Broward County election supervisor since being appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2003. To date, the county has been plagued with inconsistencies, allegations of election law violations and the recent debacles have again made Florida a joke.
After a recount that favored Republicans, Snipes filed the results a strategic two minutes late. The missed deadline nullified the recount per Florida law. Unwilling to take responsibility, Snipes made wild claims saying the criticism was “probably” racially motivated.
While some Floridians attributed her actions to an embarrassing level of “incompetence” others see her as a bad political actor. Pres. Donald J. Trump has been vocal that non-citizens voted in Broward County illegally.
“You look at her past, she’s a disaster. I won Florida and, you remember? That area, Broward, didn’t come in,” Pres. Trump reportedly said. “The Republicans don’t win, and that’s because of potentially illegal votes. When people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote, and they go around in circles. Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again. Nobody takes anything. It’s really a disgrace what’s going on.”
Protestors amassed outside Snipes’ office during the recent election incident holding signs that read: “Supervisor of Corruption.”
To say Snipes tenure has been a complete and utter failure would be a gross understatement. In her first election as supervisor, tens of thousands of ballots reportedly went missing. According to reports, upwards or 58,000 Broward County absentee ballots went AWOL. Snipes’ office claimed to have delivered them to the U.S. Post Office. However, postal service officials found no record of ever receiving them.
During the 2012 general elections, approximately 1,000 uncounted ballots were reportedly uncovered, and Florida law prevents late votes to be included in many instances. Snipes was associated with Debbie Wasserman Schultz in 2016, who was thrown off the DNC for bias against presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Schultz reportedly ran against Bernie-supporter Tim Canova for the U.S. House seat for Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. Schultz won a controversial primary to go on and take the seat in the general election. Already under a dark cloud, Snipes office failed to place a required medical marijuana referendum question on the 2016 ballot. But that was just the tip of the 2016 election iceberg.
Snipes’ office reportedly violated Florida elections law that states releasing election tallies before polls close is a third-degree felony. Broward County allegedly committed this election crime in 2016, although she was never prosecuted. The law was designed to avoid the so-called “hanging chad” election debacle between Pres. George W. Bush and Al Gore. Florida was called before people in parts of the Pan Handle had voted.
The 2016 election also saw a flurry of litigation against Snipes’ office regarding improper ballots and erroneous tallies. One lawsuit filed by Tim Canova called for a review of physical ballots under the Freedom of Information Act. While litigation was ongoing, Snipes reportedly ordered the ballots in question destroyed. A judge ruled she had taken this action illegally. Still, Snipes was again front and center during the recent mid-term elections causing Broward County and Florida humiliation.
“We have consistently been the bottom of the barrel getting our voting results in,” Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich reportedly said. “I don’t want to be 67th in 67 counties again in voting.”
The counts regarding the gubernatorial race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis was hotly contested, and the Broward County failures left the decision in question long after election day. The race for U.S. Senator between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Bill Nelson also suffered no legitimate end. Mistake after mistake left these Florida elections undecided for nearly a week. Snipes remarks about her infamous election history are telling.
“I think the problems are blown out of proportion,” Snipes reportedly said. “Broward is nitpicked to the bone. Other places have the same problems, different problems. It’s just that they are not spotlighted like we are.”
At one point during the recount process, candidates ordered Snipes and her team to stop because they were counting the wrong ballots. The Bush-Gore hanging chads may have been less ridiculous.
~ Conservative Zone