Debbie Wasserman Schultz claims Brenda Snipes followed the law, circuit judge says otherwise

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While appearing on CNN on Monday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., claimed that Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes followed the law in her handling of ballots.  But, the Daily Caller said, a circuit court judge said the exact opposite.

“Number one, [Snipes] has followed the process as Florida law prescribes,” Wasserman Schultz told CNN’s Jim Sciutto. “And there’s been absolutely nothing amiss that’s been found by Rick Scott’s own department of state election monitors who have been in her office since the spring.”

“[There’s] no evidence of anything that has gone wrong. The process is simply working. The deadlines have been met,” she added.

According to the Daily Caller:

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However, a circuit court judge ruled this past Friday that Snipes did violate Florida public records law by not providing requested election information to Florida Governor Rick Scott, who is running for Senate.

Scott filed a lawsuit late Thursday night alleging that Snipes was improperly withholding election information, including a count of total ballots cast and a breakdown of votes by category.

Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips found that Snipes’ failure to provide that information to Scott’s campaign was a violation of Florida law, the Miami Herald reported.

Judge Phillips said the information “should be a matter of record at this time and immediately available,” and ordered Snipes to make it available by 7 pm Friday.

The Herald report also said Snipes had “accidentally” mixed approved provisional ballots with unapproved provisional ballots.

“There are at least 20 illegal votes mixed into an anonymous pile of 205 [provisional ballots], all sitting in a machine that counted them but did not add them to the final count,” the Herald reported last week.

The Herald also reported:

By noon on Monday, Miami-Dade managed to recount about half of the more than 800,000 votes cast in the 2018 election. Broward County had not yet started its state-mandated recount.

The stark contrast in pace from Florida’s two largest sources of ballots highlights the pressure facing Broward as it tries to meet a Thursday afternoon deadline to recount the more than 700,000 votes cast in the largely Democratic county.

As of noon Monday, Broward still had to calibrate its ballot-scanning machines and sort out the ballots needed to be counted, suggesting the actual recount may not start until later in the day or even Tuesday morning.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has sent letters to the FDLE and the Secretary of State Sunday, but it seems the damage has already been done.

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