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1. Brenda Snipes has had several election related incidents:
Snipes was appointed Nov. 20, 2003, to replace Miriam Oliphant, who was escorted out of her office and removed from her job. While Oliphant was in office, uncounted votes were found in a cabinet drawer. Yes, Really.
2. The removal of Oliphant had been a political firestorm, with Jeb Bush, a republican governor removing Broward’s only countywide black Democratic official. Bush replaced her with another black female Democrat, Brenda Snipes, possibly defusing some of the tension.
3. All charges against Oliphant were subsequently dropped: because "incompetence is not a crime"
Yes Really. None of the other employees that worked for Oliphant even lost their jobs when Snipes took over. Apparently uncounted votes are not a big deal.
sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-20…
4. For 15 years, Snipes has served as Broward County’s elections chief, with mixed results. Long lines and vote counts that continued long after polls closed marred elections in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2016 and, of course, this year. sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/…
5. Aug 2016: Broward elections office "inadvertently" posted election results before polls close
May 2018: Destroyed ballots in Wasserman-Schultz race
Aug 2018: Judge orders Snipes to stop opening mail-in ballots in secret
Aug 2018: Vote-by-mail late arrivals in primary election
6. A court ruled she had broken election law when she destroyed ballots from the 2016 election 12 months after it, instead of the 22 months required by federal law.
A medical marijuana amendment was left off some ballots in 2016.
7. In 2012, almost 1,000 uncounted ballots were discovered a week after the election.
In 2004, some 58,000 mail-in ballots were not delivered to voters, leaving election officials to scramble to send new ones.
8. She had no opponent in 2012, but in 2008, she had both Democratic and independent opponents, and beat them both with more than 80% of the vote.
In both 2008 and 2012, her opponents pointed to the elections office’s history of failings under Snipes. She won anyway & easily.
9. In 2004, she won a three-way Democratic primary with 65 percent of the vote. One of her opponents was Oliphant, in a last-ditch attempt to get her job back.
10. And we are to somehow believe her office is now performing impeccably and above board?
In Broward county incompetence is plentifully rewarded. And incompetence is the kindest thing that can be said of their modus operandi, everything else implies willful malice.
-Fin
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