The scene in Florida is spiraling into a full-flung crisis and the integrity of democracy hangs in the balance as shady actions by an election board could be compromising the state Governor and U.S. Senate races.
Here’s how everything has gone down:
On election night, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and Republican senatorial candidate Rick Scott (Florida’s current governor) each held a lead over their opposition. Then came Broward County.
Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes has not revealed pertinent information relating to the total number of ballots which were cast on election day, how much each candidate had received, and how many were left to be counted. This information, by state and federal law, is required to be publically shared.
Days went by and Republican leads were dwindling. Scott had enough. He sued Snipes for breaking state and federal laws which require the voter tallies to be publically known.
Here’s Scott in his own words, via Fox News.
“Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes,” Scott said to reporters. “By Wednesday morning, that lead dropped to 38,000. By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000. This morning, it was around 21,000. Now, it is 15,000.”
“On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast,” he continued. “At 1 a.m. today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on election day. At 2:30 p.m. today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day. And we just learned, that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on Election Day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night.”
And, “So, it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed and Broward and Palm Beach Counties are still finding and counting ballots – and the Supervisors – Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher – cannot seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been.”
On Friday, a judge ruled in Scott’s favor and required the information to be publically released. Via the Daily Wire:
On Friday, Florida Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips ruled in favor of Florida Governor Rick Scott, who was ahead in votes in his race for the Senate seat held by incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson when the polls closed Tuesday night, and had filed suit along with the National Republican Senatorial Committee against Broward County election supervisor Brenda Snipes in order to force her to release public records surrounding the votes in Broward County. The lawsuit stated that Snipes was “unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed.”
The lawsuit stated:
Voting in the 2018 General Election concluded November 6, 2018. Two days after voting has concluded, the Supervisor Of Elections is unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed. The lack of transparency raises substantial concerns about the validity of the election process. An emergency hearing is necessary as the Canvassing Board is obligated to submit the unofficial elections results to the Division of Elections by noon November 10, 2018. A recount in at least two, possibly three, of the statewide races appears likely. Plaintiffs seek an immediate, emergency hearing of this matter pursuant to section 119.11, Florida Statutes; an Order from this Court declaring Defendants to be in breach of their constitutional and statutory duties to permit access to public records; and an Order from this Court compelling Defendants to provide Plaintiffs with access to those records.
“The judge found that Snipes, the Broward Supervisor of Elections, violated public records act and the Florida constitution, and must provide public records requested by Scott and NRSC,” the Daily Wire reports.
So, Snipes had until 7 p.m. on Friday to hand over the records.
Snipes openly defied the court order and refused Flordia Congressman Matt Gaetz access to the information, BizPac Review reports.
The election crisis in Broward County spiraled further out of control Friday when elections supervisor Brenda Snipes defied a court order to allow state officials to inspect the voter records she’s been handling.
“That was supposed to be complied with by 7:00. The lawyers for Brenda snipes will not allow our team to come in and comply with the court order,” Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz revealed Friday on Fox News.
“That very same order ruled that Brenda Snipes violated the Florida Constitution by not allowing access to these important records.”
According to the report, this is not the first time or even the second time Snipes has violated state and federal election laws:
In May a judge ruled that Snipes, a Democrat, had violated state and federal laws by illegally destroying ballots for the 2016 congressional primary race between her leftist ally, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Tim Canova, who ran as an Independent.
Later this year in August, a judge again ruled against Snipes after the Florida GOP reportedly filed a suit against her claiming her office “was opening ballots in private, preventing people from challenging if they were properly cast,” according to Fox.
“And then in 2016, Broward County violated the law when it posted early voting results online before polls even closed,” the outlet added.
A similar situation is happening in Palm Beach County where election officials are similarly refusing the court order and are violating state and federal election laws.
Liberals are very outspoken when they believe Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election by posting on Facebook, but here in Florida where actual elections are being compromised, they are pretty quiet.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.