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LIST: Illegalities at Election Offices in Broward & Palm Beach (and Shenanigans)

Posted by FactReal on November 15, 2018

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERE’S FIRE

(This is partial. We will be updating it as more information comes in.)

BROWARD & PALM BEACH DID NOT REPORT ELECTION RESULTS AS REQUIRED BY LAW
(30 min after polls close, every 45 min. updates)

Florida Election Law being Violated by Broward & Palm Beach Election Supervisors:
– – They violated Florida law requiring to upload by 7 p.m. on the day before the election the results of all early voting and vote-by-mail ballots.
– – They failed to follow Florida law which requires that early voting & vote-by-mail are accounted within 30 minutes of polls closing.
– – They violated Florida law which requires updated reports every 45 minutes until results are completely reported.

Law violated by Broward and Palm Beach election offices:
2018 Florida Statute: 102.141 County canvassing board; duties.—

(4)(a) The supervisor of elections shall upload into the county’s election management system by 7 p.m. on the day before the election the results of all early voting and vote-by-mail ballots that have been canvassed and tabulated by the end of the early voting period.

(b) The canvassing board shall report all early voting and all tabulated vote-by-mail results to the Department of State within 30 minutes after the polls close. Thereafter, the canvassing board shall report, with the exception of provisional ballot results, updated precinct election results to the department at least every 45 minutes until all results are completely reported. The supervisor of elections shall notify the department immediately of any circumstances that do not permit periodic updates as required.

NO TRANSPARENCY

Days after the polls closed, Broward and Palm Beach Counties continued counting ballots and neither of the election supervisors wanted to disclose how many ballots still existed or where these ballots came from.

Palm Beach County refused to provide information to the public. They also illegally refused to allow official party representatives into the ballot counting area and forced people to stand behind a glass wall with limited visibility and no ability to hear what is going on.

Days after voting has concluded, Broward was unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how may ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed.

VIOLATED CONSTITUTION & PUBLIC RECORDS ACT

Judges side with Rick Scott in lawsuit against Broward & Palm Beach Elections Supervisors
WFTV’s Field Sutton tweeted the judge found “that there has been a violation of the constitution and the public records act in the withholding of public records.”

Judge orders Broward:

A Broward judge ordered the county’s elections chief to turn over to Rick Scott’s campaign for the U.S. Senate an accounting of total ballots cast and a breakdown of votes by category — all due by 7 p.m. Friday.

Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips also held that Brenda Snipes, Broward’s supervisor of elections, was in violation of Florida public records laws for not fulfilling a request for that information by Scott’s campaign.

Phillips ordered Snipes to turn over the number of all ballots cast in Tuesday’s midterm election, broken down by absentee, early and Election Day votes. She also ordered her to provide the number of ballots still to be counted. […]

“It’s a simple case about access to information,” argued attorney Jason Zimmerman, with the law firm Gray Robinson. “We’re not talking about recounts…. This is not a partisan issue.” […]

Judge Phillips…said Florida public records of ballot totals and breakdowns should be available as soon as the polls close on Election Day. She cited Florida statute and a major South Florida appellate case that said “the court should rule in favor of disclosure rather than secrecy.”

Judge orders Palm Beach:

In the Palm Beach County case, Scott claimed Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher failed to allow his campaign to inspect potentially damaged absentee ballots mailed in by overseas military members and others. His campaign also asserted that Bucher’s office violated the law by determining whether those mail-in votes were valid, instead of having the county’s canvassing do that.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx ordered on Friday that any ballot that Bucher or her staff disqualifies will need to be reviewed by the county’s canvassing board. Marx also ordered Bucher to provide a list by 4 p.m. Friday of everyone who voted by provisional ballot.

PALM BEACH DUPLICATED BALLOTS ILLEGALLY

Palm Beach replaced damaged ballots without witnesses as required by law:
Palm Beach election office filled out new ballots to replace damaged ones without allowing campaign representative to witness the process of creating the new ballot as required by Florida law.

BROWARD & PALM BEACH NOT COMPLYING WITH JUDGES’ ORDERS

Four days after Election Day, Broward & Palm Beach still not reporting according to Florida law
– As of today, Palm Beach supervisor, Susan Bucher, has yet to comply with the order from the judge.
– On Friday night, Broward election supervisor, Brenda Snipes, appeared to have complied but she submitted data that could not be accessed. “Scott’s lawyers waited outside the Supervisor of Elections office into the evening Friday waiting to get in and do their inspection. Then they told CBS4’s Carey Codd that they were asked to return for their inspection at 10 a.m. Saturday,” CBS-Miami reported.

NELSON & GILLUM LAWYERS OK TO COUNT NON-CITIZEN VOTES

Tweet: Friday night, during the Canvassing Board meeting in Palm Beach County, lawyers for both Bill Nelson & Andrew Gillum OBJECTED to Palm Beach officials rejecting a ballot from a non-U.S. citizen.

BROWARD MIXED BAD BALLOTS WITH VALID ONES

Broward “Accidentally” Mixed Bad Ballots with Valid Ones – Miami Herald

NO CAMERAS ALLOWED

Palm Beach elections supervisor banned media cameras from public ballot-counting & threatens them with arrest. .

Media outlets sued “Susan Bucher and the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board for refusing to allow us to record video while they review ballots in a public meeting,” reported NBC6’s Marissa Bagg.

BROWARD VIOLATED FLORIDA LAW BY COUNTING VOTES AFTER SATURDAY DEADLINE

More than an hour after the noon Saturday deadline to submit all ballots (besides military and overseas ballots), the Broward County Canvassing Board continued counting ballots, in violation of state law.

Video: After multiple objections, the lawyer representing Bill Nelson’s campaign stood up and stated that their campaign is “not objecting” to the illegal activity.

To prevent shenanigans, Rick Scott filed new legal complaints against Broward & Palm Beach election officials:

(None of the complaints calls to invalidate lawfully cast ballots.)
– One of the complaints (PDF) is asking a judge to bar Broward County canvassing board from including ballots counted after Saturday’s noon deadline in the final vote tally, because it is a violation of state law.

– The other filings (PDF) against the Broward and Palm Beach elections supervisors request that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the county sheriffs impound and secure all voting machines, tabulating devices and ballots when they are not in use until the conclusion of the recount.

Broward Judge Offered Compromise – Both Sides Agreed to Add 3 Deputies to Monitor Recount

DEMS ENDORSED BREAKING THE LAW

Video: Bill Nelson Campaign OK with Breaking the Law by Broward Canvassing Board

DEMS TRYING TO CHANGE LAW AFTER ELECTION NIGHT

LIST: Democrat Lawsuits Seeking to Change Election Laws in Florida

DEMS SAID “COUNT ALL THE VOTES”, EXCEPT REPUBLICANS’

Bill Nelson Sues Hurricane-Ravaged County for Allowing 158 Emailed/Faxed Votes
Why? Bay County is a Republican stronghold.

…more to come…

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