Jeb Bush calls for Broward County official to be removed from post

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) called for the removal of Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes.

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"There is no question that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians’ confidence in our electoral process," Bush tweeted.

"Supervisor Snipes should be removed from her office following the recounts."

 

Snipes's leadership has come under attack as Broward struggles to count the remaining votes in the 2018 midterm elections held last Tuesday.

Three statewide races in Florida, including the gubernatorial and the Senate race, are headed for recounts, sparking a legal fight over the counting process. 

Snipes was appointed by Bush when he was governor after he suspended her predecessor Miriam Oliphant in November 2003 for what he called "grave neglect, mismanagement and incompetence."

The Sun Sentinel listed a number of problems that have allegedly happened in Broward County under Snipes's leadership, including long lines and late vote counts. 

Other issues, according to the Sentinel, included a court ruling that she destroyed ballots from the 2016 election after 12 months, though federal law demands officials wait 22 months to do so.

Snipes's office did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill.

Snipes has come under intense criticism from Republican leaders.

Gov. Rick Scott (R) currently leads Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonBottom Line Bottom Line Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity MORE (D) in their Senate race by only 0.20 percentage point, below the 0.50-point threshold for a machine recount.

Meanwhile, the gubernatorial race between former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisThe Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions McCarthy will return money donated by indicted associates of Giuliani Florida law allowing some school teachers to carry guns on campus goes into effect MORE (R) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) is also in the midst of a recount given that a margin of less 0.50 point separates the two.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFive ways Trump's Syria decision spells trouble Rubio hits Warren's 'crude' and 'vulgar' response to opposition to same-sex marriage Trump puts election-year politics at center of impeachment case MORE (R-Fla.) is among those arguing for Snipes's dismissal.

"She has shown she’s incapable of conducting a large and important election in a way that inspires public confidence and trust," he told Politico.

"She’s been found to have destroyed ballots, in violation of the law. Opened absentee ballots early, in violation of the law. Misprinted ballots that have gone out."

Snipes's attorney, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, told the publication that Snipes is being unfairly maligned.

"Political gamesmanship at its best," Norris-Weeks told Politico.

"The Broward County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections (and the canvassing boards for both counties) have done nothing more than count all votes as required by law. Ridiculous!"

Updated at 3:10 p.m.