GOP protesters chant ‘lock her up’ about Florida county election chief

GOP protesters chant ‘lock her up’ about Florida county election chief

Republican protestors outside the Broward County Board of Elections office on Friday chanted “lock her up” in reference to Brenda Snipes, the county’s supervisor of elections.

Protestors are enraged at Snipes, claiming that she is corrupt, according to Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris.

 

Snipes has been the subject of controversy before. The Broward elections office was still counting ballots days after the 2004 election, according to the Orlando Sun-Sentinel. Counting issues plagued Snipes’s office in the years leading up to 2018 as well.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is suing Snipes, alleging that her office is withholding information as Scott’s Senate race against Democratic incumbent Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonTrump administration renews interest in Florida offshore drilling: report Dem reps say they were denied access to immigrant detention center Ex-House Intel chair: Intel panel is wrong forum to investigate Trump's finances MORE is likely headed for a recount. The margin between Nelson and Scott currently sits at roughly 15,000 votes.

The lawsuit accused Snipes’s office of failing to provide information regarding how many people voted and how many remaining ballots remain uncounted, prompting controversy and protests.

At a press conference Thursday night, Scott accused Snipes of having a “history of acting in bad faith.”

Additionally, Nelson is suing Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner in Tallahassee federal court to extend the deadline for counties to turn in unofficial vote counts.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE weighed in on Twitter, saying “law enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud.”

"If you look at Broward County, they have had a horrible history," Trump said Friday. "And if you look at the person, in this case a woman, involved, she has had a horrible history, and all of the sudden they’re finding votes out of nowhere and Rick Scott, who won, you know it was close, who won by a comfortable margin, every couple of hours it goes down by a little bit.” 

In a tweet on Friday, Trump questioned how Nelson's lead could be narrowing, suggesting foul play.

While Scott retains a lead over Nelson, it has narrowed as more votes, mostly coming in from Broward and Palm Beach counties, are counted.