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Sun Times Feature Story

Sun Times Pages 11.15.2018

What A Mess!

In The Wake of Last Tuesday’s Statewide Election, Broward County Is In A Negative Spotlight - Again!

By Larry Blustein
There are 67 counties in the state of Florida. Why does it always come down to same area in south Florida that attracts the negative attention?

Once again, south Florida is in the eye of a storm and major controversy, and truthfully, it should never surprise anyone - especially when it comes to counting votes.

Dr. Brenda Snipes, who is no stranger to negative attention, is right back in the middle of something that has the rest off the country - including a majority of Florida - shaking their collective heads in disgust - that the three vital races, which should have been cleared up last Tuesday, are still going on a week after.

“What really is a joke is that Andrew Gillum already conceded and then had to take that back,” Randy Torres of Dania Beach explained. “Why us? Why is this always happening here - in Miami-Dade or Broward? This cannot be a happenstance over and over again.”

Every national news show and editorial page across the country points the finger in this direction, and frankly, there is a major problem.

Three statewide races headed to a recount and all depends on results from Broward, which has a history of losing ballots and breaking laws - by allowing illegal immigrants and felons to vote, as well as illegally destroying ballots.

Snipes’ latest failure to finalize the election returns days after the polls closed, has created another mess - and it conjures up memories of the historic statewide failures in 2000 during the Presidential election.

“This is not the first time that Dr. Snipes has grabbed the negative spotlight,” Ari Miller said. “Medical Marijuana backers (NORML) sued her office two years ago after the constitutional initiative to decriminalize marijuana was left off of some Broward County ballots.”

To refresh your memory about 2000, the presidential election in Florida, a swing state, had a major recount dispute that took center stage in the election. The outcome of the 2000 United States presidential election was not known for more than a month after balloting because of the extended process of counting and recounting Florida's presidential ballots.

State results tallied on election night gave 246 electoral votes to Republican nominee Texas Governor George W. Bush and 255 to Democratic nominee Vice President Al Gore, with New Mexico (5), Oregon (7), and Florida (25) too close to call that evening. Gore won New Mexico and Oregon over the following few days, but the result in Florida would have been decisive however those two states had voted.

While nobody is saying a lot about Dr. Snipes right now, there is a feeling that this may have been the adverse spotlight that may have the new governor taking a closer look at what has happened.

“If this is my job, I am fired without question,” Miller explained. “Come on, not only is the negative attention not needed, but it continues to make this state, which is so important in any election, look like real morons.”

Not to continue to extend this circus any longer, the recount of 700,000 votes in Broward County, which is Florida’s second most populous county, began on Sunday after a three-hour delay caused by a machine that wasn’t registering all ballots when it was tested.

With a deadline of today, Thursday, Nov. 15, Broward was not alone in this controversy, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said: “she doesn't believe her department will be able to meet the state's deadline to complete the recount.”

As Gov. and Republican Senate nominee Rick Scott’s campaign filed complaints against Snipes and Bucher requesting that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the county Sheriff’s Offices be required to impound and secure all equipment and ballots when they are not in use until the recount is over, the mess continued.

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