Brenda Snipes

Embattled Florida Elections Official Sues To Get Job Back

Dec 18, 2018
Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun Sentinel

A former Florida elections official is asking a federal judge to reinstate her after she was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott.

Embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes filed a lengthy federal lawsuit on Monday against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano.

The lawsuit contends that Snipes' due process rights were violated and that the law allowing the governor to suspend elected officials is unconstitutional.

Brenda Snipes
Matias Ocner / Miami Herald

The Florida Senate has declined to consider reinstating former Broward County elections head Brenda Snipes, paving the way for an ally of Republican Gov. Rick Scott to fill the remainder of her term, according to a memo on Thursday from Senate President Bill Galvano.

Snipes had announced she would resign her post on Jan. 4, amid an outcry over stumbles by her office during Florida’s recount.

broward county elections
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Many Broward County voters are not confident in their elections office.

The drama following the November election put three close statewide races - and Broward's reputation - in the national spotlight. And weeks after midterm recounts ended, voters continue to ask what went wrong. 

Ron DeSantis
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Ron DeSantis made his first public appearance as governor-elect in Fort Lauderdale Monday morning at the private Jewish Day School Brauser Maimonides Academy. 

DeSantis was in South Florida to finalize hiring his new Chief of Staff. Though his campaign did not announce it until after the school visit, the current Senior Vice President for the Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Shane Strum, will be filling the position as soon as DeSantis is sworn into office on Jan. 8. 

Cat Gloria / WUFT

Halfway through day two of Florida’s recount, Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes responded to the lawsuits filed against her.

“There have been issues that did not go the way we wanted, so we can call it a mistake, we can call it whatever you want to call it,” Snipes said to the press.

In days following the midterm election, the nation’s eyes have been on Snipes, who was accused of fraud by Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and later President Donald Trump.