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One Last Time – Broward County’s Mess, Meaning for 2020

florida-broward-county-election-recount-brenda-snipesOne last time, let’s talk about Broward County, Florida – what it means for 2020 – then let’s move on.  In an age of unrepentant bullies in the White House press room, proliferating fake news, fatuous appeals to socialism from formerly level-headed Democrats, and conspiracies under every rock – let’s take a closer look at the Broward County mess.

Key facts.  For more than 20 years, this heavily democratic county has displayed messy electoral practices, anomalous tallies, questionable returns, and the odd habit of magical late votes – for Democrats.  In 2018, in closely fought races, this wayward county was true to form.

To be fair, although Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes resigned last week over the mismanagement – or “to spend more time with her family” – Broward’s missteps and botched elections predate Snipes.  Ironically, 15 years ago, she got appointed to clean up the mess.

So, what actually happened this time?  And what does it mean for 2020?  A lot and a lot.  Imagine someone of ill-will and insidious foresight running a test of legal challenges for 2020’s presidential election.  Where might they start?  What legal challenges place on the checklist?

Against the backdrop of media hype over foreign intervention in US elections, perhaps stirring some confusion, apprehension, and chaos would be useful.  Good to test.  To that mix, perhaps some allegations of prejudice, bias and voter suppression.  Seek media buy-in.

What might foment legal challenges?  Certainly they would have more staying power if folded into allegations involving multiple candidates, not just one, who might feel put out by losing.  Right?

What else?  Legal challenges should test a county’s fidelity to electoral procedures at the margins.  They should consider how far discrepancies are tolerated, what level of discrepancy produces no reaction, and what level results in an insurmountable barrier.

What else?  To what extent might non-reporting, miscalculation, lost and found ballots, deliberate bad acts – be dressed up as forgivable, mere “annoyances” – and let slide?  Especially in Democrat-controlled counties like Broward, exactly how much misbehavior is viewed as “too much?”

How else might local meddling limits be tested by some wily planner for 2020?  How much discordant behavior raises alarms for those who only want an honest election?  Perhaps a trial run on which excuses are viewed as credible, what level of perceived mismanagement allowed, and which procedures are most easily bent with forgiveness?

More nefarious still, are there overt acts that can be legally tested, to see how much can be gotten away with?  What if an effort were made to test open questions – for example, how many new votes can be “found” before someone cries foul, disallows them?  What happens if vote totals are not reported every 45 minutes as required?  What if, say, 2,000 votes are mysteriously “misplaced” or mysteriously “found” after deadline?  What happens if a key deadline is missed by, let’s say, two minutes – forgiven?

In a nutshell, how much undermining of public confidence will be permitted, and votes still counted? How much play in the proverbial steering is permitted before an electoral process veers off the road?  In short, what are the legal tolerances to an invariably imperfect but historically free electoral process?

No one is saying that any such sneaky legal test or trial run occurred in Broward County, in this election cycle.  No one is saying that either party is planning to loft a nationwide legal challenge to whatever the outcome is in 2020.  But goodness knows, 2018 was an odd midterm.

In Broward alone, chaos reigned from the start, allegations of lost, found, uncounted, recounted, and miscounted ballots, recriminations and cross volleys, legal challenges and sniping.  Notably, these challenges involved multiple candidates, not one.  A candidate up by 50,000 votes ended winning by just over 10,000, for no obvious reason.   A US Senator not up for reelection had to challenge electoral vagaries as more than an “annoyance,” while another candidate had to allege fraud.

Lawyers appeared from nowhere to defend these anomalies.  On election night, Broward failed to follow a panoply of established procedures, failed to report vote counts every 45 minutes, “misplaced” 2,000 ballots.  They missed a “key deadline” by two minutes, and the 15-year election supervisor defended this chaos, until resigning.

Where does this point?  Not clear, but certainly very curious – nowhere more curious than Broward County.  On November 6th, predicting the future, a Washington Post headline read: “Broken machines, rejected ballots, and long lines: voting problems emerge as Americans go to the polls.”  Bell weather.

In fact, the 2018 midterm cycle produced what seems a record number of legal challenges, as well as candidates who lost and conceded, un-conceded, and re-conceded.  In Georgia, a gubernatorial candidate will not admit she lost, but appears willing to concede she is not governor.  In other locations, America saw the first-time influence of very early voting, very late voting and very questionable voting.

In Florida, home to Broward County, final concessions now have been made by the Democrat Senator – after a manual recount – and by the Democrat gubernatorial candidate.  Results are certified for two Republicans.  But enough on Broward 2018 … On to 2020, which promises to be one for the ages – and, want to bet, for the lawyers!

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PaulE

While Brenda Snipes might be gone, her entire staff remains behind to do the exact same thing again in 2020. The new Governor of the state MUST do a thorough house cleaning of ALL personnel assigned to the Broward County election commission. The same by the way has to also be done with Palm Beach County, which the author failed to mentioned and also did most of the same corrupt acts as Broward County. In addition to cleaning up the election commissions in both counties, the state legislature and Governor have to enact much stronger over-sight of ALL election counting after the polls close. No more boxes of uncounted ballots mysteriously appearing days after the polls close in classrooms or the trunks of rental cars at the local airport. Democrats love ballot box stuffing as a means to change the outcome of elections, so the ability to commit such voter… Read more »

Wayne Peterkin

The President threatened to remove cameras from the press briefings. Do it. If twits like Acosta can’t grandstand for a camera you may eliminate the issue. Re. the Florida debacle, I sent the following to my legislators and media a week ago: These election issues like we have seen in Florida are a national disgrace. There is no possible excuse for these travesties happening in our country. We look more like a banana republic today than the United States of America. These issues make one thing perfectly clear to any halfway intelligent person. That is that our elections are NOT always fair and honest and that too many dishonest people are willing to do whatever it takes to steal an election result. It has happened in the past and appears to be happening again. Every single VALID and legal vote should be accurately recorded providing it is cast within the… Read more »

General Patton

God BLESS America and President Trump———-as he makes America Great Again

Wingleader69

Democrats are very sick people. I started out as a Democrat many years ago, before they turned into anti-American Socialists. I wised up.

Charles R Cozzens

It would seem that the leadership is not interested in compliance with the law. Why can credit card companies keep up with millions of transactions daily and yet leadership in this state cannot conduct a legal verifiable election annually? Something is rotten in Denmark.

Phil Levin

Why is the word “prosecution” missing from this article?

Wayne Watson

It is now quite clear that the Dimms have completely turned into a very nefarious group that will DO ANYTHING in order to maintain CONTROL. They do not care about America, they are out for themselves and what they can GET, not what they can GIVE. We now have evolved into the party that TAKES and the party that GIVES. We must seek God’s wisdom in keeping the tide from shifting to more takers than givers, or we are finished as a great nation. Bread and circuses did not work in Rome and it will not work here.

Steve

This went on nationwide and has been an issue in past elections. Has to be stopped!

Joan

Brenda Snipes resigned; however, she had to know that Gov. Elect. Ron DeSantis would have removed here. it appears now that every
election that that the socialist Dems don’t win, they come up with more excuses – it is not a legal election, they have to have a re-count,
they file lawsuits, etc. As far as Broward County goes they had better sweep clean or the Brenda Snipes of the world will continue with
their illegal actions and Broward County will remain in the news as it has for many years.
THE DEMOCRATS WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET ELECTED IF THEY DON’T GET VOTED IN LEGALLY!

Donel

To me, it seems as if the Democrats have joined forces with the Socialists/Communists to stay in power. They have become Power Hungry, Control Freaks, they do not ASK any longer they Demand, and now they have proceeded to try to take our Guns away. I fear if they ever get back in control, we Will lose at least our Free speech and of course our guns. I have read on other sites, if they can get a DemCom in the White House they would eliminate our voting system. And of course don’t forget they have Re-Written the constitution.

Garla

It appears what we have raised and what we have allowed into this country ( leagally and illeagally) Honesty didn’t come with them

Martin Steed

We need to go back to the paper ballot, issued to you in the precinct when you show photo ID, marked and turned in on election day. No early voting, no mail in ballots, no absentee voting except for U.S. CITIZENS “working abroad”, civilian or military. IF you cannot make it to the polls, tough s***! IF you are too stupid to figure out how to get a photo ID, tough s***! IF you cannot understand how to mark your ballot so that you do not vote for two candidates, tough s***! IF you do not mark your ballot for a candidate for a particular office, tough s***, you did not vote for a particular candidate and NOBODY should be allowed to try to figure out who you “intended” to vote for. Maybe we should also have voters dip their fingers in purple ink so they cannot vote more than… Read more »

Shirley

Let’s make The United States of America a Christian nation AGAIN!

Robert Becker

A very well put article! I have a bad feeling, that the LOOK OVER HERE at the usual suspects from Broward/Palm Beach Counties was either planned by the DEMS to via the unusual for them rapid recount that changed nothing in Florida, was either to make real voters in America feel secure in our flawed National sketchy no ID 2020 early voting elections/needs no change elections, or it was simply a botched play by these two counties and they were wisely advised to throw those misplaced fake DEM votes in the same dumpsters that Nationally I imagine many Republican votes end up in via flawed early voting that gives our DEMS too much time for corruption! Because of the above possibilities’, and post 911 2001,the USA is STUPID for not requiring every American Citizen over the age of 13 to have & carry a NATIONAL I.D. CARD WITH CHIP TECHNOLAGY,PICTURE,PRINTS… Read more »

David Spade

We should have election officials from third world countries come in to oversee the election processes in Broward County and other locations in Florida. They might help us have fair and impartial election results.