November 13, 2018

Broward County Official’s History of Mishandling Elections

Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Brenda Snipes, has a history of mismanaging elections. Her mistakes have been so glaringly obvious that even her own party cannot defend her actions. As a recent CNN report noted:

“The primary reasons Snipes has become a target is because her office been marred by legal questions and slow vote-counting for years, a fact that even state Democrats admit.”

“The most recent questions about Snipes have been the most potent for Republicans: A Florida judge ruled that Snipes violated state and federal laws in when she destroyed ballots too soon after the 2016 election, despite one of the Democratic candidates in a primary race taking her to court to preserve the ballots and a federal requirement that mandates ballots be kept for 22 months after an election.”

The Wall Street Journal also reported another previous controversy under Snipes’ watch:

“In 2004, however, she lost track of 58,000 absentee ballots, blaming the post office for losing them before revising the number of lost ballots to 6,000 and quickly getting replacements to voters… Ms. Snipes called it a mistake but as a result, Mr. Scott’s office ordered state elections monitors be placed in the county ahead of last week’s voting.”

The current recount has brought renewed scrutiny to Snipes and her inability to manage the electoral process in Broward County.