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Controversial Broward County Election Supervisor Was a Jeb Bush Appointee

Then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Brenda Snipes to be the Broward County supervisor of elections in 2003, after the previous officeholder was accused of incompetence and malfeasance.

By NTK Staff | 11.09.2018 @11:30am
Controversial Broward County Election Supervisor Was a Jeb Bush Appointee

The Florida governor ordered the removal of the Broward County supervisor of elections for “neglect of duty, incompetence and misfeasance.”

No, that’s not news from 2018. It’s from 2003, and the governor was Jeb Bush.

In 2002, then-Elections Supervisor Miriam Oliphant was accused of mishandling the 2002 gubernatorial primary. Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno was taking on Bill McBride in the Democratic primary, and some Broward County voters complained that they received “bad ballots and inaccurate registration information.”

To fix the problem in 2003, Bush appointed Brenda Snipes, who remains the current supervisor of elections in Broward to this day.

Snipes is currently at the center of a firestorm for failing to report vote totals in the county, a violation of state and federal law. Snipes’ actions triggered a lawsuit by current Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL), who is the Republican candidate for Senate, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

Reporters flocked around Snipes on Thursday, asking the elections supervisor why it was taking so long to count ballots in Broward County. Every other county has reported their results.

“But, Dr. Snipes, it is now Thursday,” Weinsier said. “We are still counting ballots in Broward County.”

“We’re counting five pages or six pages for each of the people who voted,” Snipes said.

“But other counties have been able to do it,” Weinsier said.

“But other counties didn’t have 600,000 votes out there,” Snipes shot back.

“Well, Miami-Dade did,” Weinsier said. …

“We ran 22 sites, we ran 14 days, we ran 12 hours, we had a big vote by mail (during early voting), so don’t try to turn it around to make it seem like I’m making comedy out of this,” Snipes replied.

Snipes’ interaction with reporters and her complaints about the volume of ballots her team must count seems to indicate she is not up to the task.

A former Broward County school principal, Snipes has come under scrutiny before. A judge ruled earlier this year that Snipes illegally destroyed ballots in the 2016 Democrat congressional primary involving Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova. And that’s not all. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) listed a series of mistakes made by Snipes:

It’s not exactly clear why Bush picked Snipes in 2003 to run the already-corrupt Broward County elections board, but it’s clear in 2018 – three days after Election Day with an unknown number of uncounted ballots remaining – that she’s not up to the task.

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