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Scot-free? Brenda Snipes Illegalities and Shenanigans (LIST)

Posted by FactReal on November 20, 2018

SHOULD SNIPES GET OFF SCOT-FREE?
Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes is a prime example of public officials being above the law. Instead of being punished by law, they are remunerated with high salaries and lifetime pensions paid by taxpayers.

Now that Brenda Snipes has resigned, let’s remember her record and see if she deserves a second pension paid by taxpayers (details under “SNIPES’ PENSION & HIGH SALARY”):

BRENDA SNIPES’ RECORD (PARTIAL)
2002: At least 268 absentee ballots were misplaced during the September 2002 primary. (Sun Sentinel, October 28, 2004)

2004: Some 58,000 mail-in ballots were not delivered to voters, leaving election officials to scramble to send new ones. (Sun Sentinel, October 28, 2004)

2012: Snipe found nearly 1,000 uncounted ballots in a warehouse a week after the general election. (WSVN, Nov. 14, 2012)

2016: Snipes broke Florida law when she opened ballots in secret without the Canvassing Board review.[Court Order] (Politico, August 13, 2018)
[Nearly 180,000 mail-in votes cast were illegally counted. (Sunshine State News, November 7, 2016)]

2016: Snipes even admitted in court to misunderstanding the meaning of the word ‘canvass.’ (Sun Sentinel, August 13, 2018)

2016 election: A court ruled she had broken election law when she destroyed ballots 10 months earlier than required by federal law. (Sun Sentinel, May 14, 2018)
[The ballots were the subject of a public records lawsuit from Democrat Tim Canova who lost to Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.]

2016 primaries: Published election results before polls closed — a violation of election law. (Sun Sentinel, August 31, 2016)

2016: She left an amendment off some ballots. (Miami Herald, October 20, 2016)

2017: Snipes acknowledged in court that some non-citizens and felons have voted despite not being eligible (Sun Sentinel, July 31, 2017)

2018: Court found Snipes violated public records laws (Sun Sentinel, November 9, 2018)

and more.

PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR LESS:
Oregon City woman gets jail and $13k charge for filling in blank spots on two ballots (OregonLive, April 25, 2013)
Temporary elections worker Deanna Eileen Swenson pleaded guilty to altering two ballots — Class C felonies — and to one misdemeanor count of official misconduct.

Accepting terms of a plea bargain, Circuit Judge Susie L. Norby sentenced Swenson to 90 days in jail, followed by three years’ probation. She also ordered Swenson to pay a total of $500 in fines and to repay the Secretary of State’s Office $12,997 for the cost of investigating and prosecuting the case.

Norby also banned Swenson from working in future elections and ordered her to stay out of Clackamas County’s elections offices.

Two women arrested for voter fraud in Miami-Dade: (WSVN, Oct. 28, 2016)
– – Gladys Coego, a Miami-Dade elections worker, illegally marked ballots to favor Republican-in-Name-Only Raquel Regalado.
– – Tomika Curgil filled out voter registration forms to favor legalizing medical marijuana.
Deisy Penton de Cabrera arrested for having more than two ballots (NBC6-August 2, 2012)
Sergio Robaina arrested for touching more than 200 absentee ballots and illegally dropping them off for voters (ABC-Local10, August 12, 2012)

SNIPES’ PENSION & HIGH SALARY
Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes is a prime example of double dipping in the public trough, reported BrowardBeat.com.
– Snipes receives $4,336 monthly in state pension benefits from her time in the Broward school system.
– Snipes received a yearly salary of $178,865, according to the Sun Sentinel.

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Florida: Manual Recount Completed

Posted by FactReal on November 18, 2018

Florida Elections: Manual recount completed today at noon.

Timeline for Reporting and Certification of Election Results: https://floridaelectionwatch.gov/Timeline

Sunday, November 18, 2018: Official Returns are due no later than noon on the 12th day after the General Election.

Senate race:
Rick Scott (Republican) leads Bill Nelson (Democrat) by 10,033 votes (0.12%)

Agriculture commissioner:
Nikki Fried (Democrat) leads Matt Caldwell (Republican) by 6,753 (0.08%)

https://floridaelectionwatch.gov/FederalOffices/USSenator
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https://floridaelectionwatch.gov/StateOffices/CommissionerOfAgriculture
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Governor Race:
Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum conceded yesterday:

But, Gillum calls for his supporters to “to keep fighting for what we believe in.”
[So, let’s keep in mind Andrew Gillum’s Socialist & Destructive Agenda.]

Ron DeSantis calls for unity:

Timeline for Reporting and Certification of Election Results https://floridaelectionwatch.gov/Timeline

What’s next:

The Elections Canvassing Commission meets on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM to certify the Official Returns for federal, state, multicounty and district offices and constitutional amendments/revisions.

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Florida: Manual Recount to Start for Senate & Agriculture Commissioner

Posted by FactReal on November 15, 2018

Florida elections: Machine recount completed. Manual recount to start for Senate and Agriculture Commissioner races.

Glenna Milberg of WPLG Local 10 (Miami) tweeted the latest numbers:

#FloridaRecount machine recount results official and posted:
Senate race:
Rick Scott over Bill Nelson 12,603 votes (0.15%)
AgricultureCommish:
Nikki Fried over Matt Caldwell 5,307 votes (0.06%)
Let the hand recounting begin …

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Tweet:
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GOVERNOR RACE
The machine recount for the Governor race is also completed. Republican Ron DeSantis kept his lead at 0.41% over Gillum:
– DeSantis new numbers = 4,075,445
– Gillum new numbers = 4,041,762
So DeSantis leads Gillum by 33,683…that’s 0.41%. No manual recount required.
Republican Ron DeSantis is now Florida’s Governor-elect.

GovNoHandcount

BUT GILLUM STILL WANTS TO WIN
It seems Gillum might go to the courts. Remember, Democrat lawyer Marc Elias said, “We are here to win it.”
USA Today: With Florida recount over, Andrew Gillum’s last chance to become governor rests with the courts:

WASHINGTON – Andrew Gillum will have to rely on the courts if he has any chance to become Florida’s first black governor.

A recount of more than 8 million ballots that ended Thursday afternoon confirmed that Republican Ron DeSantis beat the Democratic Tallahassee mayor in the nationally watched race that galvanized progressives across the country.

[…]

But Gillum is not conceding. He and his supporters believe there is still a path to victory: lawsuits that could add more votes in support of him.

“A vote denied is justice denied — the State of Florida must count every legally cast vote,” Gillum said in a statement after the recount totals were released. “As today’s unofficial reports and recent court proceedings make clear, there are tens of thousands of votes that have yet to be counted. We plan to do all we can to ensure that every voice is heard in this process. Voters need to know that their decision to participate in this election, and every election, matters. It is not over until every legally casted vote is counted.”

The deadline for the recount was 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Thursday but Palm Beach County, a Democratic stronghold, did not complete its recount. It was the only one of Florida’s 67 counties that failed to do so. A lawsuit filed by Democrats could find more votes for Gillum there, for example.

Timeline for Reporting and Certification of Election Results https://floridaelectionwatch.gov/Timeline

The timeline for county canvassing boards to report results, and to conduct any possible recounts for federal, state, and multicounty races ordered by the Secretary of State, are below. For more information about recounts, visit Timeline for Reporting and Certification of 2018 General Election Results.

* Tuesday, November 6, 2018: Preliminary Election Night Returns (all early voting and all tabulated vote-by-mail results) are due no later than 7:30 PM in the respective county’s time zone and in 45-minute increments (precinct election results) thereafter until all results (except for provisional ballots) are completely reported. Since Florida has two time zones (Central and Eastern), preliminary election night returns will not be released until 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

* Saturday, November 10, 2018: Unofficial Returns are due no later than noon on the 4th day after the General Election. The Secretary of State will order a machine recount if the 1st set of unofficial returns indicates that by a margin of ½ of 1% or less of the total votes cast, a candidate for office was eliminated or defeated, a judicial candidate for retention was retained or not retained, or an issue was approved or rejected.

* Thursday, November 15, 2018: If a machine recount is ordered, Second Unofficial Returns are due no later than 3:00 PM on the 9th day after the General Election. The Secretary of State will order a manual recount if the 2nd set of unofficial returns indicates that by a margin of ¼ of 1% or less of the total votes cast, a candidate for office was eliminated or defeated, a judicial candidate for retention was retained or not retained, or an issue was approved or rejected.

* Sunday, November 18, 2018: Official Returns are due no later than noon on the 12th day after the General Election.
The Elections Canvassing Commission meets on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM to certify the Official Returns for federal, state, multicounty and district offices and constitutional amendments/revisions.

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Recount: Judge Sides with Nelson to Fix Signatures on Ballots

Posted by FactReal on November 15, 2018

ANYTHING TO WIN & GET POWER
Tallahassee Democrat: Injunction in Florida recount lawsuit gives mail-in voters time to fix signature on ballot

U.S. Chief Judge Mark Walker issued a preliminary injunction this morning in a lawsuit filed by U.S. Bill Nelson over ballots thrown out because of mismatched signatures — declaring a state law unconstitutional and offering a middle path to give voters a chance to correct their ballots.

“The precise issue in this case is whether Florida’s law that allows county election officials to reject vote-by-mail and provisional ballots for mismatched signatures — with no standards, an illusory process to cure, and no process to challenge the rejection — passes constitutional muster,” Walker said. “The answer is simple. It does not.”

The ruling is a victory for Nelson as he tries to narrow the almost 13,000 vote margin between him and Gov. Rick Scott in a razor-thin Senate race that is currently the subject of multiple lawsuits and is undergoing a machine recount, which will likely progress to a hand recount.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Division of Elections Director Maria Matthews had identified 3,688 vote-by-mail ballots and 93 provisional ballots in 45 counties that were not tabulated because of signature mismatches.

RELATED
LIST: Illegalities at Election Offices in Broward & Palm Beach (and Shenanigans)
LIST: Democrat Lawsuits Seeking to Change Election Laws in Florida
Bill Nelson Sues Hurricane-Ravaged County for Accepting 158 Emailed/Faxed Votes

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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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Bill Nelson Sues Hurricane-Ravaged County for Accepting 158 Emailed/Faxed Votes

Posted by FactReal on November 15, 2018

DIDN’T DEMOCRATS SAY, “COUNT EVERY VOTE”?
But that didn’t apply to Republican areas like Bay County, Florida, which was battered by Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018 – two weeks before the start of early voting in that county.

Remember, Nelson and other Democrats are trying to legalize illegal/invalid Democrat votes by filing several lawsuits to try to change Florida election laws after losing on Election Day.

Tampa Bay TImes: Bill Nelson sues for fax, email voting records from Bay County

Democrat Bill Nelson has filed a recount-related lawsuit. Again.

The incumbent candidate for U.S. Senate, who has filed two other lawsuits in the past week, is suing Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen for copies of vote-by-mail ballots received via e-mail or fax.

Andersen allegedly failed to comply with a records request sent Monday, according to a complaint filed Wednesday.

The supervisor told the Times/Herald on Monday that 11 ballots were accepted by email and 147 ballots were domestically faxed in, though state statute does not allow emailed ballots, and faxing in ballots is only permitted for military and voters overseas. […]

Republican candidate Gov. Rick Scott won roughly 74 percent of the vote in Bay County.

Andersen defended his decision, noting the Bay County voters who were displaced by the storm that rocked the heavily Republican coastal county one month ago.

AccuWeather video: Mexico Beach, FL aerial damage survey after Hurricane Michael (Oct. 18, 2018)

CNN: Hurricane Michael aftermath: Thousands join recovery efforts as many residents remain missing (October 14, 2018)

As residents pick up the pieces after Hurricane Michael, and teams comb through rubble in search of survivors, authorities say it could be weeks or months before a sense of normalcy returns to storm-ravaged Florida. […]

The widespread destruction has left many people living in dire conditions. Residents have been waiting in long lines to collect bottle water and ready-to-eat meals (MREs) at several distribution centers. Helicopters are also airdropping food and water to remote areas. […]

Every school in Bay County damaged, official says
The future of thousands of students also remains unclear, especially those in Bay County, where schools are closed until further notice.
“It’s not going to be a normal school year. There’s nothing normal about where we are right now,” Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt told CNN affiliate WMBB.
With the majority of its 26,000 students displaced and many schools deemed not safe because of the damage, officials are discussing alternative ways to get students back to the classroom or provide psychological aid for them.

More: Hurricane Michael: Bay County

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