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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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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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LIST: Democrat Lawsuits Seeking to Change Election Laws in Florida

Posted by FactReal on November 14, 2018

DEMS WANT JUDGES (NOT VOTERS) TO DECIDE ELECTIONS
A list of key lawsuits filed during the 2018 Florida recount was published by the Miami Herald yesterday evening. We summarize here reports by the Herald and others.
(This page will be updated as more information comes in.)
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SUMMARY OF LAWSUITS FILED BY DEMOCRATS:
Democrat Bill Nelson and Democratic Executive Committee vs. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner
Filed: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
Plaintiffs: Nelson and Dem. Exec. Committee

They want:
– an immediate injunction to force Florida to count as valid votes all mail-in and provisional ballots that are deemed to have a signature mismatch. That would challenge Florida law, which requires officials to reject signatures that don’t match the ones on file.
to extend Saturday’s deadline to canvass ballots until the legal matter is resolved.

The law states: Florida law requires officials to reject signatures that don’t match the ones on file.

Status: Judge Mark Walker is overseeing the case. A hearing is scheduled in Tallahassee for Wednesday afternoon.
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League of Women Voters, Common Cause and Joanne Lynch Aye vs. Republican Rick Scott
Filed: Monday, November 12, 2018 in federal court
Plaintiffs: Leftwing groups: League of Women Voters and Common Cause. Joanne Lynch Aye, a Broward voter.
Represented by the group Protect Democracy.

They claim:
– Scott is improperly using his position as governor to influence the recount in the U.S. Senate race in which he is a candidate.
– Scott is using the powers of his office “to benefit himself and his party and to intimidate the local officials and volunteers conducting the vote count.”

They want:
– Rick Scott to recuse himself.
– a judge to file a restraining order against Scott, to prohibit him from using his authority in any way to influence the 2018 Senate race.

[What is their proof?]
[Read: Judges side with Rick Scott in lawsuit against Broward & Palm Beach Elections Supervisors]
[Read: Rick Scott’s New Legal Complaints against Broward & Palm Beach Election Officials]

Status: A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning before Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee.
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VoteVets Action Fund and the Democratic National Committee vs. State of Florida
Filed: Monday, November 12, 2018 in federal court
Plaintiffs: VoteVets Action Fund (a progressive veterans’ advocacy group) and Dem. Nat. Committee, and Dem. Senatorial Campaign Committe

They want:
that mail-in ballots that were postmarked before Election Day, but not delivered before the polls closed at 7 p.m., be counted.
– to get post-marked absentees to be counted within 10 days after the election, similarly to overseas military members’ ballots.

They claim: Nelson’s attorney, Marc Elias, cited the example of a few hundred mail-in ballots that were postmarked before Nov. 6 but got stranded at an Opa-locka postal facility, possibly because of an FBI investigation into a Miami-Dade man who sent pipe bombs through the mail before the election.

The law states: According to Florida law, mail-in ballots cannot be counted if they arrive after 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Status: Pending before U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee.
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Democrat Jim Bonfiglio vs. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner
Filed: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Leon County Circuit Court.
Plaintiffs: Bonfiglio, who was trailing by 37 votes against Republican Mike Caruso for House District 89. Nelson’s campaign filed a motion to join Bonfiglio’s lawsuit.

They want:
to extend the deadline for the machine recount from 3 p.m. Thursday to next Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 [see update below]

Status: Circuit Judge Karen Gievers suspended certain deadlines for the recount in Palm Beach County not only for Bonfiglio’s statehouse race, but also for three statewide races, including Nelson’s.

Detzner is trying to move the case to federal court in the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee.

The law states: Under state law, the machine recounts must be completed by 3 p.m. Thursday and the manual recounts must be completed by noon Sunday.

Update: This case to extend the deadline has been moved to federal court:
Via Tampa Bay Times – Nov. 13, 2018:

An effort to extend the deadline for Palm Beach County’s race to re-tally votes in the state’s tightly contested races before a Thursday deadline has moved to federal court, making an oral state court decision to grant more time moot.

The case was moved Tuesday after a Tallahassee judge told Democratic candidate Jim Bonfiglio during a telephone conference earlier in the day that she would grant an extension. […]

[B]efore Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers could issue the order in writing, attorneys for Secretary of State Ken Detzner filed a notice to move the case to federal court, meaning she no longer had jurisdiction. Detzner’s attorney’s motion was filed at 2:37 p.m. Gievers’ order was issued at 4:49 p.m. […]

[A]bout two hours before she finished writing the order, Detzner’s attorney filed their federal motion arguing that because Bonfiglio argues his U.S. constitutional rights under the Fifth and 14th Amendments were violated, the case should be heard in federal court.

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Democrat Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate vs. Ken Detzner et al.
Filed: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Plaintiff: Nelson’s campaign

Nelson wants:
– a federal judge to extend the deadlines for machine and manual recounts for an unspecified period of time.

The law states: Under state law, the machine recounts must be completed by 3 p.m. Thursday and the manual recounts must be completed by noon Sunday.

Status: U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee scheduled a status conference on the suit for 9 a.m. Thursday.
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Update: Bill Nelson Sues Hurricane-Ravaged Bay County for 158 Emailed/Faxed Votes

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THIS IS WHAT MARCO RUBIO HAS BEEN SAYING:
“In short, Dem lawyers came to Florida to get judges to change Florida elections laws, AFTER the election. That isn’t a strategy to win an election, that is a strategy to steal an election. 4/4”

SOURCES:
– Miami Herald, “Here’s a quick guide to the key lawsuits filed so far regarding the Florida 2018 recounts” (Nov. 13, 2018 at 07:24 PM)
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/election/article221575425.html

RELATED
Palm Beach illegally making duplicate ballots without submitting to full canvassing board?
Broward submitted vote totals that included ballots disqualified by canvassing board

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Broward Judge Offers compromise – Both Sides Agreed to Add 3 Deputies to Monitor Recount

Posted by FactReal on November 12, 2018

As reported previously, during the weekend Rick Scott’s campaign filed additional complaints.

The filings (PDF) against the Broward and Palm Beach elections supervisors requested 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 Jack Tuter offered a compromise.

“After Tuter told all sides to meet to discuss a compromise, they agreed to add three deputies to the elections office in Broward,” reported the AP.

Tampa Bay Times reported today:

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 BSO 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 Associated Press via Star Tribune:

Broward Chief Circuit Chief Judge Jack Tuter held an emergency hearing on a request by lawyers for Republican Gov. Rick Scott, whose lead in the Senate race over incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson has narrowed with the counting of provisional and other ballots. They asked for additional sheriff’s deputies to be sent to Snipes’ office to monitor ballots and voting machines. The lawyers requested that the deputies be present when the ballots and voting machines are not being used and until the recount is over.

[…]

In their Broward request, Scott’s lawyers alleged that Snipes was engaging in “suspect and unlawful vote counting practices” that violate state law and that she might “destroy evidence of any errors, accidents or unlawful conduct.” The motion was supported by lawyers representing the state Republican Party and opposed by Snipes’ office, Nelson’s campaign and the state Democratic Party.

“I am urging because of the highly public nature of this case to ramp down the rhetoric,” Tuter said.

“If someone in this lawsuit or someone in this county has evidence of voter fraud or irregularities at the supervisor’s office, they should report it to their local law enforcement officer,” Tuter said. “If the lawyers are aware of it, they should swear out an affidavit, but everything the lawyers are saying out there in front of the elections office is being beamed all over the country. We need to be careful of what we say. Words mean things these days.”

After Tuter told all sides to meet to discuss a compromise, they agreed to add three deputies to the elections office in Broward.

During the hearing, Scott lawyer Jason Zimmerman argued that Snipes has a long history of election errors and irregularities. He said the only goal of the request was to “protect the integrity of the vote.”

“This is not about voter suppression. This is not about stopping this vote,” Zimmerman said.

Snipes’ lawyer, Eugene Pettis, said that Zimmerman’s goal in filing the motion was to “undermine” the public faith’s in the election in case Nelson overcomes his deficit and wins the recount.

He said Snipes’ office already has deputies, security guards and cameras guarding the ballots, and the recount process is conducted in view of four representatives each from the Republicans and Democrats.

Bipartisan experts agree that voter fraud is a rare phenomenon across the nation.

To be sure, Broward County has experienced glitches with tabulation machines and mistakenly counted 22 absentee ballots that had been rejected. Still, officials said there was nothing illegal happening.

HOW DO YOU GET EVIDENCE OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES INSIDE THE ELECTIONS OFFICES?
Cameras banned by Elections Supervisor during Public Ballot-Counting in S. Florida
Video: Bill Nelson Campaign Endorses Broward Canvassing Board Breaking The Law
– Where is a live streaming 24/7 inside election offices while the counting goes on?

SOURCES:
– #http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/11/12/judge-denies-rick-scotts-bid-to-impound-voting-machines-offers-compromise/

– Judge: Sides in Florida recount should ‘ramp down’ rhetoric (Nov. 12, 2018)
#https://www.apnews.com/105ce13715ae4c9da23ba2adf5cafae0
#http://www.startribune.com/mishaps-protests-and-litigation-overshadow-florida-recount/500253532/

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