Why Hasn't Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes Been Fired Yet?
If you been laboring under the assumption that Florida fixed their election system after the Bush-Gore debacle in the 2000 election, you've been sadly mistaken. It's become clear in recent days that corruption abounds and all efforts to ensure the integrity of elections has been thrown out the window — at least in Broward County.
It appears that recounts will be ordered in three Florida races: governor, Senate, and agriculture commissioner. All are currently within the margin that triggers a recount. But that's all up in the air right now because the notoriously incompetent Broward County Board of Elections keeps "finding" new votes to count. That would be fine if elections supervisor Brenda Snipes were following the laws requiring transparency in the process, but she's not. The ballot canvassing process, which is by law subject to public scrutiny, is clothed in secrecy as Snipes refuses to obey laws requiring her to permit observers through every step of the process. Not only that, but Snipes is making no attempt to even give the appearance that the ballot tabulating process is above board. That's why Governor Rick Scott, who is running to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, filed a pair of lawsuits alleging that Broward County is violating election laws. (Scott also filed a lawsuit against the Palm Beach County elections board alleging that replacement ballots were improperly created.)
"Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes," Scott explained to reporters. "By Wednesday morning, that lead dropped to 38,000. By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000. This morning, it was around 21,000. Now, it is 15,000."
According to Scott, "On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast. At 1 a.m. today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on Election Day. At 2:30 p.m. today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day. And we just learned that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on Election Day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night."
How is it that election officials keep "finding" new votes that, oh, by the way, help the Democratic candidates? That's a question election officials are refusing to answer.
In every election there are several different kinds of ballots to be dealt with. There are early voting ballots, absentee ballots, overseas military ballots, provisional ballots, and, of course, the ballots cast on Election Day. In the hours after the polls closed, Broward County should have known exactly how many ballots they had in each category, with the exception of overseas military votes that may continue to trickle in.
An enterprising reporter from Local 10 News managed to catch Snipes, who has been the elections supervisor since 2003, as she exited the restroom. This exchange ensued: