Is it better to be known as an incompetent or corrupt person?
That is the dilemma facing Brenda Snipes. She is the Broward County Election Supervisor in Florida and is either the most incompetent election official, corrupt, or both.
Republican Rick Scott is locked into a tight Senate race with incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. On Election Night is seemed clear Governor Scott won the election but suddenly 15,000 additional votes magically appeared after the polls closed. Oddly enough, most of those votes were for Senator Nelson.
That touched off another round of “As the Vote Turns” as both political parties started the hysteria. In one corner, the Republicans claim the election is being stolen but without the Russian sub-plot. In the other corner, the Democrats are pretending to take the moral higher ground that every vote must be counted.
They are both right.
Every vote needs to be counted providing they are legitimate votes and were cast properly. If not, then it appears people are trying to steal the election. I use the term legitimate because lawyers for the Democrats actually objected to a vote being discarded because the voter was not a legal citizen. You can’t make this stuff up.
Snipes has a history of mistakes or purposeful manipulation to force a desired result. Earlier this year, a judge ruled the county broke federal law by destroying ballots in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s 2016 Democratic primary race against Tim Canova.
In 2016, Broward County violated the law when it posted early voting results online before polls even closed. Going back to 2004, Broward County forgot to send 58,000 absentee ballots to voters who requested them. Snipes, a Democrat, has led the Election Office since 2003.
In August of this year, a judge ruled the county mishandled absentee ballots. It seems they were opening the absentee ballots in private and would not allow people to see what was happening behind the curtain. That’s a no-no.
The county famously held the nation hostage for 36 days in 2000 as hanging chads became a popular phrase. Although that episode was before Snipes’ time at the helm so maybe incompetent pills are in the water in Broward County.
I can see Snipes making one mistake. That happens. Two mistakes begin to create questions of corruption. When we get to as many mistakes has been made in Broward County, I am at a loss to explain things. I cannot imagine a corrupt person being this incompetent where the corruption is so obvious. I also cannot imagine anyone being this bad at their jobs.
Snipes is now claiming racism is at the root of the criticism against her. And she did it with a straight face. I’m sorry but I’m expecting the kitchen sink to be thrown out any minute now. Racism has nothing to do with Snipes making continuous mistakes that affect elections. Corruption or incompetence does. Only she can say which it is.
Based on the fact she has never once acknowledged her mistakes or taken responsibility for her actions, my guess is she’ll claim it’s someone else’s fault.