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, Sen. Marco Rubio 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 election 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 #sayfie pic.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”:
1 — Illegally destroying ballots (Sun Sentinel, May 14, 2018)
2 — Absentee ballots that never arrived (Miami Herald, November 6, 2018)
3 — Fellow Democrats accused her precinct of individual and systemic breakdowns that made it difficult for voters to cast regular ballots (Miami Herald, November 4, 2014)
4 — Posted election results half an hour before polls closed – a very clear violation of election law. (Miami Herald, November 2, 2018)
5 — Sued for leaving amendments off of ballots (Miami Herald, October 20, 2016)
6 — Claiming to not have the money to notify voters when their absentee ballot expired (Sun Sentinel, November 8, 2018)
7 — Having official staffers campaign on official time (Broward Beat, July 20, 2016)
8 — Problems printing mail ballots (Miami Herald, November 2, 2018)
9 — Accusations of ballot stuffing (Heritage, August 1, 2017)
10 — Voters receiving ballots with duplicate pages (Miami Herald, November 2, 2018)
11 — Slow results and piles of ballots that cropped up way after Election Day (The Capitolist, November 8, 2018)
12 — Opening ballots in private, breaking Florida law (Politico, August 13, 2018)
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