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FDLE Is Not Investigating Broward Elections — Because Gov. Scott Didn’t Order It

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The U.S. Senate campaign of Florida Gov. Rick Scott is suing the elections supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Standing on the front porch of the Governor’s Mansion, candidate Rick Scott accused “unethical liberals” of plotting to steal a U.S. Senate seat from him to save Democrat Bill Nelson’s hide.

An alert calling reporters to a Thursday night announcement came from Scott’s Senate campaign, not his state office. The place: the official state residence, a taxpayer-funded site traditionally off-limits to all partisan political activity.

But it was clearly Governor Rick Scott who moments later asked the state law enforcement agency under his control to investigate Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes’ operation, though he did not offer additional specifics.

No candidate can hope to pull off such a request. But when the Herald/Times asked Scott’s office for more details, his spokesman directed questions to Scott’s Senate campaign, which did not respond Friday.

As it turns out, there is no investigation. Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said Scott did not submit his request in writing, and that no allegation of voter fraud in Broward has been sent to the Department of State, which oversees elections.

“We do not have an active investigation,” Plessinger said.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald