Broward County Supervisor of Elections

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.

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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. 

Brenda Snipes
Matias Ocner / Miami Herald

The Broward County Commission on Tuesday directed the county attorney to review whether Gov. Rick Scott’s recent decision to replace elections supervisor Brenda Snipes is legal. 

Commissioner Steve Geller said Scott does not have authority to permanently suspend Snipes and appoint Peter Antonacci as her successor. Rather, the senate must approve Snipes' removal before the position becomes officially vacant, he said. 

Supervisor of Elections 2018
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The recount is over, but Tuesday evening a small group of protesters gathered once again outside of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office in Lauderhill.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

Last Sunday, Broward attorney and GOP State Committeeman Richard DeNapoli got a call from an employee at Avis Rent-A-Car in the Fort Lauderdale airport. Someone had found a lone provisional ballot box, sealed by the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office. It was sitting, unsupervised, in the back of a returned rental car.

Florida Recount 2018
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

It was noon on Monday and Miami-Dade County was about halfway done with its ballot recount for last week’s elections. Yet next door, in Broward County, the official recount hadn’t even started yet.

Florida Recount 2018
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Counting votes in Broward County has gone anything but smoothly since Election Day.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN News

Florida is once again counting ballots.

 

The election has lasted three more days in at least three major statewide races: U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner. They’re likely heading for recounts because of close margins.

President Trump Vows To Send Lawyers Amid Ballot Counting

Nov 9, 2018
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President Donald Trump tweeted Friday he’s sending lawyers to expose “fraud” in Broward County as ballots continue to be counted ahead of a noon Saturday deadline for canvassing boards to submit unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.

Susan Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel / WLRN

More than two hours after the polls closed in most of Florida, the marquee races — for governor and U.S. Senate were too close to call.

Sam Turken / WLRN

Broward County’s election warehouse is often full of voting equipment. In one section of the building, dozens of vote-scanning machines sit in rows, waiting to go out to polling places for elections.

During a tour of another area of the facility, Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes points to voter check-in machines that look like black chests. They’re called EViDs, and Snipes says they help protect voter registration data.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

With the start of early voting less than a week away, South Florida election supervisors are concerned this year’s ballots could overwhelm people and result in voters ignoring contentious referendum questions at the voting booth.

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A group of elections transparency and fairness activists gathered in Hollywood Monday to discuss voter suppression, felony disenfranchisement and election security. But speaker after speaker asked a single question: What has gone wrong with the elections process in Broward County?

Supervisor of Elections 2018
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The words “Russian hacking” were never uttered, but an official from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that the 2016 presidential election played a big role in elevating the importance of cybersecurity for state and national elections. 

Carina Mask / Miami Herald

It's official. Fort Lauderdale has a new mayor. 

Dean Trantalis beat opponent Bruce Roberts on Tuesday night.  Trantalis made city history by also becoming the city's first openly LGBTQ mayor. 

A third candidate,  Charlotte Rodstrom,  did not get enough votes during the primary election in January to stay in the race.

Elizabeth Athanasakos, a Fort Lauderdale resident of 61 years, voted at the Coral Ridge Mall polling location early Tuesday. She said she was motivated to come and vote for mayor this election because of her stance on development.

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