Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – The top election official in Florida’s heavily Democratic Broward County said late Thursday that the county had uploaded the results of its recount two minutes after the state’s 3 p.m. deadline – making its machine recount tally void. Instead, the county’s results from last Tuesday’s election will stand until manual recount totals in the state’s closely contested Senate race come in Sunday at noon.
GOP Senate candidate Rick Scott’s campaign charged that embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes intentionally submitted late results so that they would be invalidated. In the recount, Scott’s Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, lost more votes than Scott — meaning Scott would have seen a net gain of 779 votes if Snipes hadn’t been late.
The news of the bungled ballot count comes after Snipes boasted about never missing a deadline.
“We are excited to be at this point,” she said Thursday afternoon.
Later, Snipes acknowledged that “the results were in progress when I came out and made” that statement.
“An election like the one we just finished almost has so many moving parts and so many components,” Snipes said. “I’m pleased that we were able to accomplish what we did accomplish in the period of time that was available.”
Other Broward County officials were more blunt.
“Basically, I just worked my ass off for nothing,” said Joseph D’Alessandro, Broward County’s election planning and development director.
It is difficult to overstate the degree of corruption and incompetence in Broward county, especially when you consider that the hurricane ravaged portions of the panhandle managed to get things done in time.
Brenda Snipes should be arrested and get 30 years in prison this is a atempt by the Dirty democrats to steal Florida for the Dirty Dastadly Democrats
Um… isn’t that called “disenfranchisement”? I guess it’s only bad if it happens to Democrat votes.