Dr. Brenda Snipes

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.

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.

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.

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.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County finished its election recount on Sunday, ending a week-long process that saw three statewide races contested and subjected the county to constant criticism of its ballot counting process. 

 

The Supervisor of Elections Office submitted results to the Secretary of State's office in Tallahassee by 11:08 a.m.—beating the noon deadline, instead of missing it by two minutes, like what happened on Thursday. 

MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

Broward County's embattled elections supervisor said on Tuesday she may not seek another term in office. 

Sam Turken / WLRN News

Facing a tight deadline to submit votes to the state, Broward County started recounting ballots Tuesday morning, days after the Secretary of State ordered a state-wide recount for three races.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A Broward County judge on Monday ordered three additional law enforcement officers to oversee the county’s ballot tabulation process and called for an end to explosive rhetoric about election fraud.

Circuit Court judge Jack Tuter considered a motion filed by Gov. Rick Scott’s senate campaign for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to impound vote-counting machines and ballots when votes are not being counted at Broward’s election office.

Florida Recount 2018
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

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

Sam Turken / WLRN

A heated controversy over Broward County’s vote-counting process intensified over the weekend as the county met a noon deadline on Saturday to send the state its final election results. 

With three tight statewide races now headed for recounts, dozens of Democrats flocked to the Broward elections office on Saturday to demand that every vote be counted. They confronted Republican demonstrators who, without evidence, have accused embattled election supervisor Brenda Snipes of election fraud.

Matias Ocner / Miami Herald

 

UPDATED  Nov. 11 at 4:15 p.m.

At 11:49 a.m. on Saturday, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office submitted its unofficial election results to the Forida Secretary of State's office. The deadline was noon. 

"Except for the overseas ballots, everything has been [brought in]," said Brenda Snipes, the supervisor of elections. "I believe we have all of the ballots accounted for. We have processed ballots for over 700,000 voters since Tuesday, so that is quite a feat." 

President Trump Vows To Send Lawyers Amid Ballot Counting

Nov 9, 2018
@RealDonaldTrump / Twitter

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.

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