After dragging America through another embarrassing recount in a critical midterm election, many believe it’s about time the election workers who are tasked with ensuring free and fair elections for all, to be held accountable for their involvement in multiple voter “irregularities” in Florida during the midterm elections.
Many believed the crooked Democrat Broward County elections supervisor, Brenda Snipes, who was at the helm of the ship when tens of thousands of votes mysteriously appeared after the election, should never have been in her position to begin with. In 2016, Brenda Snipes was found guilty of violating the law when she destroying ballots in the Wasserman-Schultz race. Circuit Court Judge Raag Singhal ruled the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office violated state and federal law Friday after the office destroyed ballots from a 2016 House race for Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s seat. Two days ago, Snipes announced she was stepping down from her position as the Broward County elections supervisor.
A day after Florida’s election left top state races too close to call, a Democratic party leader directed staffers and volunteers to share altered election forms with voters to fix signature problems on absentee ballots after the state’s deadline.
The altered forms surfaced in Broward, Santa Rosa, Citrus and Okaloosa counties and were reported to federal prosecutors to review for possible election fraud as Florida counties complete a required recount in three top races.
But an email obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK – Florida shows that Florida Democrats were organizing a broader statewide effort beyond those counties to give voters the altered forms to fix improper absentee ballots after the Nov. 5 deadline. Democratic party leaders provided staffers with copies of a form, known as a “cure affidavit,” that had been modified to include an inaccurate Nov. 8 deadline.
Jake Sanders, a Democratic campaign consultant based in Treasure Coast who saw the email, told the USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida that he warned party staffers about the legality of the email, but was ignored.-Naples News
Now, Democrat election workers are lawyering up…
According to Politico – The Florida Democratic Party is now playing defense after staffers sent altered state election documents to voters, a move state officials have asked federal prosecutors to investigate. The issue arose after state party staff sent voters forms that are intended to fix vote-by-mail ballots that had been initially rejected. Those forms, which are official state documents, were sent with altered dates, leading the Florida Department of State to turn over the paperwork to several U.S. attorneys and request an inquiry into the “irregularities.”
After saying earlier in the week that the state officials were trying “divert attention” away from the Department of State, which is part of Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, the Democrats on Friday took a different approach: They lawyered up.
“Upon receiving notice of the allegations that the form was incorrect, FDP took immediate steps, including hiring an independent investigator to review the issues at hand,” attorney Mark Herron said in a statement provided by a party spokeswoman. “As soon as we know the results of the investigation we will advise you.”
Under state law governing “fraudulent practices,” it’s a third-degree felony to “knowingly and willfully … make or use any false document, knowing the same to contain any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry” connected to the Department of State. While the fraud statute is not contained in the state’s election code, it relates to the 2018 election because the affidavit in question concerned the elections division, which falls under the Department of State.
The case was referred to investigators at the urging of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Scott, both of whom raised concerns about fraud in the election. Their suspicions, however, revolved around tens of thousands of ballots that had been cast in Broward County and, to date, the elections division, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and a judge all say they’ve seen no credible evidence of fraud.
The federal law that the state’s elections division referred to federal prosecutors, however, concerns depriving a person of rights and is usually used in voter suppression cases. In the case at hand, no voter was suppressed or kept from the polls. Instead, operatives appear to have sought to game the system to get more voters’ ballots to count after they had cast them.