Broward County is already on the hot seat, and then they completely screw up while counting ballots, get caught doing it, and then say oh well who cares.
Want more lawlessness?#BrowardCounty elections opened 208 provisional ballots without canvassing boards approval as required by law
After admitting error submitted them to board which found at least 12 are invalid
Guess what? They are going to count all 208 of them anyway
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 10, 2018
Here’s what he’s talking about:
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) November 10, 2018
From the Miami Herald:
Broward’s elections supervisor accidentally mixed more than a dozen rejected ballots with nearly 200 valid ones, a circumstance that is unlikely to help Brenda Snipes push back against Republican allegations of incompetence.
The mistake — for which no one had a solution Friday night — was discovered after Snipes agreed to present 205 provisional ballots to the Broward County canvassing board for inspection. She had initially intended to handle the ballots administratively, but agreed to present them to the canvassing board after Republican attorneys objected.
“We have found no clear authority controlling the situation faced by the board,” said Broward County Attorney Andrew Meyers.
The Herald goes on to explain in detail what happened. You can read the whole thing here.
Republican Party lawyers immediately pressed Snipes about the future of those 205 votes and if they’d be counted. Snipes declined to answer and continued judging signatures on remaining ballots. There is no statute guiding what happens next.
“This process doesn’t exist. The process is that the ballots aren’t opened. I would suggest to the board that this process would stop,” said Leonard Collins, a lawyer for the Florida Republican Party.
Broward must present its unofficial vote total from the midterm elections to the state by noon Saturday. Recounts are expected in races for U.S. Senate, governor and commissioner of agriculture, and Snipes has become a target for Republican politicians alleging corruption and incompetence after her office was still counting thousands of early and absentee ballots in the days following Tuesday’s election.
SO she f**ked up so bad there isn’t even a process to address what she did. Awesome, great job Democrats.