As both parties scrutinize the vote count in Florida’s Broward County, with the state’s gubernatorial and senatorial races closing in on a tie, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said the county’s elections office has a history of malfeasance.
“This is at a minimum a pattern of incompetence. Voters deserve better,” the Florida Republican said Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “This is not even a partisan thing. This is a county that apparently cannot even count votes as well as a county that just got wiped out by a hurricane.”
The state’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott filed a lawsuit Thursday against Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes for allegedly refusing to tell them about votes she has not yet counted.
OMG. Looking at county-level undervote. Broward stands out for having 3.7% of its ballots left blank for #FLSEN but cast for #FLGOV. No other county comes close, and Palm/Dade had more votes for Senator. Either this is ballot design or machine error. #flapol#sayfiepic.twitter.com/OtyK0oO20g
— Matthew Isbell (@mcimaps) November 8, 2018
Additionally, lawyer Marc Elias of Perkins Coie—who hired Fusion GPS for the Democratic National Committee to investigate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election—has been hired to litigate a recount on behalf of Democrats.
The Republican National Committee also pointed out 12 times news stories, using its own headlines, where Snipes has “been outright incompetent and possibly criminal”:
- Illegally destroying ballots (Sun Sentinel, May 14, 2018)
- Absentee ballots that never arrived (Miami Herald, Nov. 6, 2018)
- Fellow Democrats accused her precinct of individual and systemic breakdowns that made it difficult for voters to cast regular ballots (Miami Herald, Nov. 4, 2014)
- Posted election results half an hour before polls closed – a very clear violation of election law. (Miami Herald, Nov. 2, 2018)
- Sued for leaving amendments off of ballots (Miami Herald, Oct. 20, 2016)
- Claiming to not have the money to notify voters when their absentee ballot expired (Sun Sentinel, November 8, 2018)
- Having official staffers campaign on official time (Broward Beat, July 20, 2016)
- Problems printing mail ballots (Miami Herald, Nov.2, 2018)
- Accusations of ballot stuffing (Heritage, Aug. 1, 2017)
- Voters receiving ballots with duplicate pages (Miami Herald, Nov. 2, 2018)
- Slow results and piles of ballots that cropped up way after Election Day (The Capitolist, Nov. 8, 2018)
- Opening ballots in private, breaking Florida law (Politico, Aug. 13, 2018)
Luke Rosiak is an investigative reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation. Twitter: @lukerosiak.
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