Florida’s outgoing governor and soon-to-be Senator Rick Scott has finally done something about the decades of electoral shenanigans from Broward County Supervisor of Officials, Brenda Snipes.
He fired her.
Scott cited her “misfeasance, incompetence, and neglect of duty” as reasons for her dismissal:
“After a series of inexcusable actions, it’s clear that there needs to be an immediate change in Broward County and taxpayers should no longer be burdened by paying a salary for a supervisor of elections who has already announced resignation,”
It is not known whether Snipes remains eligible to collect the nearly $130,000 annual state pension she’s expecting to collect.
A week after the election we noted that Snipes’ ouster was imminent after the full extent of her deliberate attempts to alter the election outcome became known.
Here’s how left-leaning Politico.com reported on Snipes’ “controversies” on the Monday following the election while she was still trying to “sort” things out in her office:
Counting unlawful votes. Destroying ballots. Sunshine Law violations. Busted deadlines.
So many controversies have bedeviled Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes — culminating in her office’s troubles in the aftermath of Florida’s chaotic 2018 elections — that her days in office are now numbered, insiders and lawmakers say.
She’s losing support from fellow Democrats and faces the increasing likelihood of an embarrassing suspension from office at the hands of either Gov. Rick Scott or his likely successor, Ron DeSantis.
Scott was forced to hire a team of election attorneys in order to protect his Senate win from Snipes’ questionable tactics that saw his once insurmountable lead nearly evaporate.
Snipes has a history of this kind of misfeasance dating back to at least 2004.
No one can be as stupid or incapable of following procedure as we are told Snipes has been over multiple electoral cycles. Even if we were to accept that explanation, following 8 election cycles of increasingly “irregular” behavior a suspension is not a satisfactory punishment.
65 of the 67 counties got it right; it wasn't broken for them, they got it right. Orange County is huge, they got it right. Our most populated county, Miami-Dade, did everything right. This is not a Florida problem. This is a Broward County problem. #FloridaRecount2018 pic.twitter.com/uVfKAlvqlu
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 10, 2018
Finally, Governor Scott has fired Snipes. He’s also called on Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement to investigate numerous irregularities (illegalities) including the signed affidavit of an election worker who claims to have witnessed outright fraud by members of Snipes’ office.
Affidavit filed by Broward Election’s employee in support of Caldwell lawsuit provides eye witness account of Elections staff filling in blank ballots. When this was reported the employee was fired and told not to come back. #sayfie
— Jeff Kottkamp (@JeffKottkamp) November 10, 2018
Snipes misfeasance doesn’t end there, either.
According to a report in the Fort Myers News-Press Matt Caldwell, the Republican candidate for state agriculture commissioner, has also filed a lawsuit, after his election was apparently stolen out from under him by Snipes.
“Over the course of the last two and half days, the Broward supervisor has continued to magically find boxes of ballots that have potentially altered the course of the race,” Caldwell said in an interview Friday. “And after all that time, we still cannot get a straight answer as to where they came from, when they were cast. We just heard there is another magical box of 2,100 ballots they supposedly found here (Friday).”
It’s also likely that Snipes stole the Democratic primary for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz earlier this year.
Snipes deserves more than simply being fired. She deserves to face a jury for for her sins.