Outgoing Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) issued an executive order on Friday to immediately suspend Broward County election chief Brenda Snipes following widespread criticism of the county’s vote tallying in November's midterm elections.
“Every eligible voter in Florida deserves their vote to be counted and should have confidence in Florida’s elections process," Scott said in a statement. "After a series of inexcusable actions, it’s clear that there needs to be an immediate change in Broward County and taxpayers should no longer be burdened by paying a salary for a Supervisor of Elections who has already announced resignation.”
Snipes submitted her resignation earlier this month after Republicans accused her of illegal activity during the recounts in Florida’s Senate and gubernatorial races.
Scott, one of Snipes's fiercest critics, cited “widespread issues with voting” and “misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty” as reasons for suspending the election official.
Voting in Broward County this cycle took longer than other Florida counties and was marred by allegations of misconduct by election overseers.
Several Republicans, including President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Gen. Milley faces his toughest day yet on Capitol Hill The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio MORE (R-Fla.), alleged possible voter fraud.
"If you look at Broward County, they have had a horrible history," Trump told reporters at the White House earlier in the month. "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.”
Florida law enforcement has so far not seen evidence of criminal conduct in the state's elections.
Republicans were ultimately successful in both contests, with Scott unseating Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonTechnology is easy but politics is hard for NASA's Lunar Human Landing System Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Climate change turning US into coffee country Elon Musk mocks Biden for ignoring his company's historic space flight MORE (D) in the hotly contested Florida Senate race and Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisHillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — Instagram 'pausing' kid-targeted plan DeSantis orders Florida official to investigate Facebook for 'alleged election interference' America isn't first — it's far behind — and studies point to Republicans MORE (R) edging out Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) to become the Sunshine State’s next governor.
Scott appointed Peter Antonacci, who currently serves as the President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, to replace Snipes. He has served as a state attorney in Palm Beach County.