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From WSJ opinion journal:

Broward’s Ballots
Voters are right to be suspicious about vote-counting in the Florida county.

By James Freeman
Nov. 12, 2018 5:48 p.m. ET

Continuing irregularities related to voting in Florida’s Broward County have inspired a local judge to require more oversight of the recount of ballots from last Tuesday's election. But the overseers are unlikely to inspire confidence among voters in south Florida or anywhere else in the United States.

The Miami Herald reports:
A Broward judge on Monday turned down Gov. Rick Scott’s request to “impound and secure” all voting machines in Broward’s elections headquarters when they’re not being used to recount ballots.​
But Circuit Judge Jack Tuter offered a compromise: Add three Broward Sheriff’s deputies to the current lineup of [Broward Sheriff’s Office] officers and private security guards overseeing the recount under way at the county’s election’s center in Lauderhill.​
Tuter stopped short of granting the Scott campaign’s request for an injunction to impound the machines, but agreed with his lawyers that “there needs to be an additional layer of confidence” in the vote-recount system in Broward. The votes in the U.S. Senate race between Scott and incumbent Bill Nelson are part of the recount.​

The judge is correct about a lack of confidence that Broward officials will conduct a fair and competent count. A Journal editorial on Saturday summarized the jurisdiction’s disturbing recent history of legal violations. This morning Politico’s Marc Caputo wrote that a change in leadership is imminent:

Counting unlawful votes. Destroying ballots. Sunshine Law violations. Busted deadlines.​
So many controversies have bedeviled Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes — culminating in her office’s troubles in the aftermath of Florida’s chaotic 2018 elections — that her days in office are now numbered, insiders and lawmakers say.​
She’s losing support from fellow Democrats and faces the increasing likelihood of an embarrassing suspension from office at the hands of either Gov. Rick Scott or his likely successor, Ron DeSantis.​

As far as this column can tell Ms. Snipes remains on the job. In recent days her office has repeatedly violated state law on the timely reporting of results and other requirements. “Whoops! Brenda Snipes’ office mixed bad provisional ballots with good ones,” announced a Saturday headline in the Miami Herald.

Delays in reporting results in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2016 might have inspired Broward citizens to demand better, and as recently as this past August it was clear that the county was still failing to fulfill its responsibilities. That’s when Miami public broadcaster WLRN reported:

A ballot counting snafu changed the outcome of at least one race in Tuesday’s primary election and left critics questioning how things were being run at the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office.​
Fred Bellis, a spokesman for Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, said Wednesday that nothing was amiss.​
But several observers noticed the numbers weren’t adding up on the elections website, with a marked discrepancy between voter turnout and number of votes cast.​
“There was a 9,000 difference — voter turnout was higher than votes cast,” said Jason Blank, an attorney representing a judicial candidate who was losing Tuesday night and winning by Wednesday afternoon. “It raised some flags and some concern.”​

It sure did. And the aftermath of last week’s elections have raised many more red flags. But now Judge Tuter thinks that confidence will be restored by adding personnel from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Yes, the same crew that enabled the horror at Parkland High School in February and where chief Scott Israel escaped accountability and remains on the job is now supposed to ensure an appropriate outcome in the elections for governor, U.S. senator and other offices. If Mr. Israel’s team botches this one, history suggests he will escape accountability again.
 

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Not a single one of us could be as grossly incompetent at our jobs as Brenda Snipes and retain our job. :cursing:
 

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Not a single one of us could be as grossly incompetent at our jobs as Brenda Snipes and retain our job. :cursing:
You think she is incompetent????
Whether she is incompetent or outright cheating, she has done it before. How the hell did she still have this job after her previous screw ups/fraud? I think she should be investigated and made an example of if found guilty. Voting is too important to allow people like this to be in charge of it. Surely Dems like Pokey would agree
 

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Whether she is incompetent or outright cheating, she has done it before. How the hell did she still have this job after her previous screw ups/fraud? I think she should be investigated and made an example of if found guilty. Voting is too important to allow people like this to be in charge of it. Surely Dems like Pokey would agree
The Republican governor should have already seen to it she was fired before 2018. Now he may lose the Senate election if he loses the recount.
 

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The Republican governor should have already seen to it she was fired before 2018. Now he may lose the Senate election if he loses the recount.
Yeah that would have gone over real well. You and every Democrat and mainstream media outlet in the country would have gone ballistic about Republicans meddling in what should be a county matter. Painting them as authoritative, claiming they were only doing it to suppress voters, calling them racist since this person happens to be black. It would be a never ending 24 hour a day cycle of negative stories from the DNC media.

It's not Scott who should have acted but the Dems. If the Democrats in charge of Broward county cared about the integrity of elections at all, then they should have been the ones who fired her after 2016. Since they don't though, they kept her on like nothing happened....I bet they want to keep her on even now but may not be able to.
 
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Broward County, which emerged as the epicenter of controversy as three statewide races and three local legislative races went into recounts following the Nov. 6 elections, was one of the counties mentioned in affidavits released Tuesday. | AP Photo/Brynn Anderson
Federal prosecutors reviewing altered election documents tied to Florida Democrats

By MATT DIXON

11/14/2018 09:01 AM EST
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TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of State last week asked federal prosecutors to investigate dates that were changed on official state election documents, the first voting “irregularities” it has flagged in the wake of the 2018 elections.

The concerns, which the department says can be tied to the Florida Democratic Party, center around date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots sent with incorrect or missing information. Known as “cure affidavits,” those documents used to fix mail ballots were due no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 — the day before the election. But affidavits released on Tuesday by the DOS show that documents from four different counties said the ballots could be returned by 5 p.m. on Thursday, which is not accurate.


Among those counties is Broward, which emerged as the epicenter of controversy as three statewide races and three local legislative races went into recounts following the Nov. 6 elections. Republicans have pointed to embattled Broward Elections chief Brenda Snipes' record of past election gaffes in arguing that the largely Democratic country is tilted against them — perhaps fraudulently so.

DOS officials have repeatedly told the media that the monitors they sent to Broward County saw no election fraud. It wasn't until Tuesday that the office revealed publicly that it had turned over information to federal prosecutors.

The information was sent on Nov. 9 by Bradley McVay, DOS’ interim general counsel, who asked that the altered dates be investigated.

“Altering a form in a manner that provides the incorrect date for a voter to cure a defect … imposes a burden on the voter significant enough to frustrate the voter’s ability to vote,” McVay wrote in a letter that was sent Nov. 9 and released publicly on Tuesday. The letter was sent to U.S. Attorneys Christopher P. Canova of the Northern District of Florida, Maria Chapa Lopez of the Middle District of Florida and Ariana Fajardo Orshan in the Southern District of Florida.

The records released by DOS, which is part of Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, point the finger at the Florida Democratic Party. Political parties can get daily lists of people who had their mail-in ballots rejected. Political parties — or anyone else — can also get the publicly available cure affidavits and send them to voters who had a mail-in ballot rejected to encourage them to fix the ballots.

In an email chain released as part of the Department of State's Tuesday document dump, Citrus County Supervisor of Elections Susan Gill last week told DOS officials that a voter who received one of the cure affidavits with the wrong date had also received a call from a number identified as the Tallahassee office of the Florida Democratic Party, an indication the party was reaching out about her vote by mail ballot.

"When I called it, it is the Democratic Party of Florida," she said in a Nov. 8 email to DOS officials.

She went on to write that she thinks the incorrect date was used because whoever sent the cure affidavit mixed up the deadline for cure affidavits with the deadline for provisional ballots. But, she said, "a bigger problem is the fact they actually changed one of the DOE forms."

That change to an official election form was what state officials turned over to federal prosecutors.

Another email included in the DOS document dump included correspondence from Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux, who also said he believed the affidavits were from the Florida Democratic Party.

"Please pass the word to the FDP that they can't arbitrarily add their own deadline to your form or VBM cures!!" Lux emailed DOS officials on Nov. 9. "This is crazy!"

In a Tuesday interview with POLITICO, Lux said he received an email from someone sending a cure affidavit marked with the wrong date that included a Florida Democratic Party email address. The email does contain the email address votes@FloridaDems.org, which is associated with the party.

Caroline Rowland, an FDP spokesperson, brushed off the issue, saying the Scott administration’s election office was drumming it up as a distraction.

"The courts have already forced Rick Scott to drop a lawsuit after false claims of fraud, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement rejected his desperate attempts to interfere with the important work of counting ballots,” she said in an email. “Now, Scott is once again trying to divert attention and resources from a smooth and successful recount.