The 2018 midterm elections saw an unprecedented number of Republicans lose seats to Democrats. That in and of itself, would not necessarily be such a big deal, but the fact that many of those seats were flipped several days, and in some cases, several weeks after the election, set off a lot of alarm bells for voters across America. But the biggest story of the 2018 midterm elections was the incompetence and mishandling of Florida votes in Broward County, under the direction of the crooked elections supervisor, Brenda Snipes.
Americans watched example after example of suspicious and likely criminal behavior taking place in Broward County, including a former election worker who, in a sworn affidavit revealed that she was fired after reporting that she observed four election workers filling out stacks of blank ballots in a locked, secured room in the Broward Co. Supervisors office in October 2016. Numerous photos and videos have also revealed irregularities in the handling of votes, as well as suspicious ballot transport activity. After watching the shenanigans taking place in Florida, why would any American trust the outcome of the election results in Broward and Palm Beach counties?
On November 10, 2018, while ballots were being recounted in Broward County, FL, Minnesota resident Elisa Sarmento, revealed that she received a ballot from the office of Broward County elections supervisor, Brenda Snipes. The problem is, she never requested an absentee ballot, and has been living in Minnesota for five years and is a registered voter in MN.
Sarmento tweeted: Could someone get me direct number to our President so I can send him this info, please? I received months back an official ballot to vote in Broward County when I moved to Minnesota a while ago!
In the heat of the controversial recount effort in Broward County, conservative activist Scott Presler tweeted images of the ballot that Sarmento received in an attempt to get the attention of President Trump.
????FLORIDA VOTER FRAUD????
My friend @ElisaSarmento moved to Minnesota from Broward County FIVE years ago.
They sent her a Florida ballot in the mail.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) November 9, 2018
Again, on November 9th, Sarmento tweeted about how she never requested an absentee ballot from Florida, but got one in the mail anyhow: I never sent this ballot back to Broward County because I know it’s illegal to vote in 2 states. However, if I never requested this ballot to be sent to me, why in the world would I receive one?
I never sent this ballot back to Broward County because I know it’s illegal to vote in 2 states. However, if I never requested this ballot to be sent to me, why in the world would I receive one?
— Elisa Sarmento (@ElisaSarmento) November 9, 2018
Fox News is now reporting that former Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes may be getting redeemed as a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday that former Gov. and current Sen. Rick Scott violated her constitutional rights when he suspended and “vilified” her without first allowing her to make her own case.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said newly inaugurated Gov. Ron DeSantis must grant Snipes a “meaningful opportunity to be heard” regarding her suspension by March 31.
Will Brenda Snipes be “redeemed” or has the Obama appointed judge just opened pandora’s box for the crooked elections supervisor? Does Snipes really want to have her case examined more closely? Be careful what you wish for Democrats…
Snipes came under fire during the contentious recount that followed the 2018 elections and a legally required recount in close races for governor and U.S. Senate.
Former Gov. Rick Scott asked for the recount efforts in Palm Beach and Broward counties to be handled like a crime scene, arguing in court filings that past election mishaps in those counties warrant the involvement of law enforcement.
Scott asserted that election officials in Palm Beach and Broward counties, both at the epicenter of Florida’s nationally watched midterm recounts, couldn’t be trusted with voting equipment in large part because of past election woes associated with Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher.
Scott has asked that law enforcement “impound and preserve” voting machines while they are not being used.
“As long as the Supervisor of Elections has unsupervised, unaccountable, and unfettered access to the ballot boxes, she will be able to destroy evidence of any errors, accidents, or unlawful conduct — making it nearly impossible for an aggrieved party to prosecute their claims or discover later what has occurred in the electoral process,” the complaint states.
Snipes was also found in violation of state and federal law in May for destroying ballots tied to the 2016 reelection of Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
In the aftermath of the November election, Snipes said she would resign on Jan. 4, but Scott immediately suspended her. Snipes then tried to rescind her resignation and challenged the governor’s suspension as “malicious” and politically motivated.
Walker ruled that Scott’s decision was an “effective termination” and violated Snipes’ due-process rights. The judge also said Scott’s order suspending Snipes contained “falsehoods.”
Still, Walker said he did not have the authority to reinstate Snipes, writing that the court was “not determining what the ultimate outcome will or should be.”
Snipes sued both Scott and the GOP-controlled Florida Senate. The lawsuit named the Senate because that chamber’s Republican leader said there wasn’t time to investigate the allegations against Snipes before her resignation took effect. Florida law requires the Senate to either remove or reinstate county officials suspended by the governor.