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Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1
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Leaders in BOTH parties must fight for election transparency across the board. Where, as here, they instead look the other way, it makes it difficult to complain when lack of transparency calls their own electoral losses into question. cc: @Tim_Canova 1/
7/ The Democratic and Republican parties must decide whether they care about election transparency or not. If they decide they care about it and are willing to fight for it, they must remove their partisan blinders and fight for it even when they like or are indifferent....
...to the outcome of a particular race. 8/
9/ As anyone who follows me regularly knows, I practically begged Democrats to conduct investigations and/or file election challenges based on, among other things, Florida’s installation of cellular modems in its ballot scanners in 2015.
10/ They didn’t do it. @Tim_Canova did do it, and he is absolutely right to be concerned about the cellular modems and other glaring transparency issues that provide the basis for his election challenge against DWS in his House race in Broward County, Florida.
11/ At a minimum, the decision whether to defend Snipes should be based on the FACTS about her records when it comes to election transparency and integrity, not her perceived party affiliation.
12/ If (hypothetically) someone were incompetent or “on the take,” they might inadvertently or intentionally help one party in one race and the other party in another. Party loyalty probably would not be much of a factor in either scenario.
13/ Thus, Democrats should avoid a knee-jerk response to defend Snipes merely because she is technically a registered Democrat. Don’t forget it was Snipes’s office that put the all important senate race in an inconspicuous place on the ballot, to which some attribute...
14/ ... the unusually large undervote in that race. Because Broward is the most Democratic county in Florida, this undervote in Broward (Snipes’s County) undoubtedly benefited Rick Scott (R), not @SenBillNelson, and may even have handed Scott the victory. google.com/url?sa=i&sourc…
15/ About that undervote: “Broward County has reported about 25,000 fewer votes cast for Senate than for governor, a difference of about 3.7 percent...This is highly unusual, and there’s nothing like this discrepancy elsewhere in the state.” google.com/url?sa=i&sourc…
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