A judge has just confirmed that the elections supervisor in Florida’s second-most populous county broke state and federal law by destroying ballots that were cast in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s 2016 Democratic primary.
The Sun Sentinel reported that the judge ruled that the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office violated state and federal laws by destroying ballots from a 2016 Congressional race too soon. The governor’s office said that because of the ruling, Florida’s Department of State will send election experts to the Broward elections office in the upcoming election “to ensure that all laws are followed.”
Tim Canova tried unsuccessfully to unseat Wasserman Schultz in a race he lost at about 57 percent to 43 percent, or 28,809 votes to 21,907. He was checking voter irregularities in the race when he tried to look at the paper ballots in March 2017 and took Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes to court when her office would not fulfill his request. Snipes approved the destruction of the ballots back in September, signing a certification that said no court cases involving the ballots were pending.
While testifying, she called these actions a “mistake,” saying the boxes were mislabeled and there was “nothing on my part that was intentional” about destroying the contested ballots.
“When I sign, I sign folders filled with information,” Snipes testified. “I trust my staff. They have the responsibility of giving me information that’s correct.”
Circuit Judge Raag Singhal ruled that Snipes “has not presented any evidence refuting that the public records sought were destroyed while this case was pending before this court.” He pointed out that the elections office is required to maintain the ballots in federal elections for 22 months, while Snipes destroyed the ballots after 12 months, which is the retention period for state elections.
This once again shows just how corrupt Democrats are in their election processes.
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