Report: Fla. Election Chief Snipes Resigns
By Solange Reyner
Beleaguered Broward County election chief Brenda Snipes on Sunday submitted her resignation following a messy recount in Florida for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commission, according to The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“It is true. She did send it,” said Snipes’ attorney Burnadette Norris-Weeks, who saw a draft of the letter.
Snipes, 75, was condemned for sending results two minutes after Thursday’s 3 p.m. recount deadline in the race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson for senate.
Snipes was also sued by Scott’s Senate campaign, which alleged “fraud” in the vote count. Scott, Florida’s governor, won the race against incumbent Nelson after a manual recount.
It’s not the first lawsuit against Snipes, and the lengthy recount wasn’t the first, either.
On Saturday, Snipes told the Guardian she felt racism was partly a reason for the backlash against her.
“Probably. Probably,” she said.
Because Snipes sent the results two minutes late, the state reverted to the county’s first tallies instead.
Snipes took over as election chief in 2003.
“She has shown she’s incapable of conducting a large and important election in a way that inspires public confidence and trust,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told Politico last Monday. “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.”