broward elections

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Broward’s supervisor of elections says he didn’t mean to scare 146,000 people who received “final notices” from his office threatening to designate them as an “inactive voter.”

After receiving complaints from several voters who questioned why they were receiving the notices — they vote regularly and have not changed their address in years — Supervisor Pete Antonacci said Wednesday he’s going to apologize to all who got the mailer.

MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

Pointing to a denial of due process, a federal judge ordered Gov. Ron DeSantis to give former Broward County elections chief Brenda Snipes the opportunity to tell her side of the story after former Gov. Rick Scott stripped her of the job.

Snipes, a Democrat appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush and subsequently re-elected four times, announced Nov. 18 she would step down as supervisor, effective Jan. 4, after a turbulent election.

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.

David Smiley / Miami Herald

Pete Antonacci, the former general counsel to outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott, was sworn in as elections chief in Florida’s most liberal county Thursday, beginning a shotgun marriage with Broward Democrats that could prove crucial during the 2020 presidential elections.

The fallout over Florida’s turbulent recount is escalating after the state’s outgoing Republican governor decided to oust a South Florida elections official.

Sun Sentinel

Gov. Rick Scott suspended Broward County's Supervisor of Elections, Brenda Snipes, late Friday afternoon. He's appointed his former general counsel to finish out her term.

Peter Antonacci will take over the position until voters get a say in November 2020.

Snipes, had previously announced her resignation, after the week-long controversial election recounts earlier this month. That resignation would have been effective Jan. 4. 

WLRN's Alexander Gonzalez spoke with WLRN's Broward County Reporter, Caitie Switalski, about what this means for Broward County voters.

Sun Sentinel

Almost $11,000 a month. That’s what Brenda Snipes will be receiving in pension benefits when she resigns in January as the Broward County Supervisor of Elections.

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.

MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

Brenda Snipes, Broward County’s embattled supervisor of elections, submitted her resignation Sunday.

Snipes’ resignation, first reported by the Sun-Sentinel, came only hours after her staff ended a brutal two-week stretch in which they misplaced 2,000 ballots during a statewide recount, mixed about two dozen invalid ballots with about 200 good ones, and blew a deadline to submit machine recount results to the state.

AP

It’s going to be a marathon for South Florida voters this general election. They’ll run into a long ballot: several candidates for state and local office, a dozen proposed constitutional amendments and all the local referenda.

Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel

A ballot counting snafu changed the outcome of at least one race in Tuesday’s primary election and left critics questioning how things were being run at the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office.

Fred Bellis, a spokesman for Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, said Wednesday that nothing was amiss.