The midterm elections in Florida burned brighter than almost anywhere else in the country – and by that we mean they were intensely controversial. It was messy. It was stressful. For a while, it looked like the Republican win might get reversed due to a recount and several uncounted ballots.
• At the center of all of this controversy was one Brenda Snipes, Broward County’s Supervisor of Elections. Snipes was originally appointed to the position in 2003, but came under fire during midterms for potential interference or dereliction of duty.
• It seems that Snipes’ office somehow bungled the hand count that took place on November 17, 2018. Around 20 provisional ballots that should have not been counted were included in the final count within a batch of just over 200.
• The office also failed to meet the hand count deadline and allegedly believed they had misplaced up to 2,000 ballots. Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign sued Snipes in federal court to force them to release vote totals and finish the recount, accusing her of fraud. The federal judge on the case agreed, saying Scott lacked evidence to prosecute.
• Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi also pushed local law enforcement to investigate the Scott Campaign’s accusations of fraud. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, however, saw no evidence of a crime and refused to investigate.
• Shortly after the recount confirmed the Republican win, Snipes announced she would step down after her 15+ year service. “Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch,” she wrote.
• Scott confirmed her resignation. She will officially step down on January 4, 2019, remaining in employment until then.