Perhaps no other state in the union behaves more like a third world “banana republic” during an election cycle than the “sunshine state.”
Who can forget the infamous year of the “hanging chad” during the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore?
By definition, a chad is a fragment of paper that is supposed to be mechanically removed leaving a distinctive hole after being punched through a card — which at the time was Florida’s method of counting votes.
However, because of Florida’s faulty voting machines at the time, many of the voting ballots were either incompletely punched through or simply hanging which resulted in a statewide recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court.
Painstaking attempts by state and federal officials were used (including magnifying glasses) to ascertain whether a hole had actually been punched or if there was an indentation that appeared to have been made for a certain candidate.
Finally, after weeks of frustrating attempts to decipher what voters intended, the Supreme Court weighed in and stopped the recount awarding Bush a slim favorable margin of 537-votes. The aftermath of the controversy caused the rapid discontinuance of punch card ballots in the United States.
Now we have another Florida controversy caused by election officials in Broward Country and Palm Beach County. However, unlike the “hanging chad” mishap, this controversy seems a lot more sinister.
At issue is Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, and her inability (as of Thursday night) to provide an accurate total of how many ballots remain to be counted, regarding the midterm election.
Furthermore, her inability to be transparent either by accident or by design is raising many red flags that something else may be taking place within those two counties.
Snipes has been accused in the past of willfully destroying and mishandled ballots. Which prompted Senator-elect, Governor Scott to hold an impromptu news conference Thursday evening accusing “unethical liberals” of trying to steal a U.S. Senate seat from him. Visibly frustrated Scott filed a lawsuit against election officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties for allegedly refusing to release voting tabulations.
“I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida,” Scott told reporters on the front steps of the stately Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee.
The lawsuit names Democrats Brenda Snipes, the Broward County elections supervisor, and Palm Beach supervisor Susan Bucher.
On election night Scott led by just over 60,000 votes, declaring victory, however soon other ballots began trickling in, first 5,000 ballots were suddenly discovered, then another, 3,000. Soon Scott’s narrow lead was suddenly cut to 34,000 by Wednesday, and by Thursday night Scott’s lead dwindled to just a little over 15,000.
Remarkably state Democrats in Florida have already predicted that Nelson will win in the recount. Obviously they know something that no one else does.
“Their goal is to keep mysteriously finding votes until the election turns out the way they want,” Scott said.
The White House has been informed, and the President on Thursday night also weighed in on the suspected election fraud taking place in Florida, tweeting out.
“Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Florida voted for Rick Scott!”
Sen. Marco Rubio who seldom acts rashly also sounded the alarm on Thursday.
“Democrat lawyers are descending on Florida,” he wrote on Twitter. “They have been very clear they aren’t here to make sure every vote is counted. They are here to change the results of election and Broward is where they plan to do it.”
Scott’s initial lawsuit against Snipes contends that she violated public records laws by not complying with his campaign’s requests for voter and ballot information. Scott is also demanding an emergency hearing as soon as possible.