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Officials Trying to Steal Scott Victory?

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By: Hank Berrien – dailywire.com – November 8, 2018

Now that the Broward County election officials have delayed their reporting of ballots for almost two days after the election, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been furiously denouncing them on Twitter, writing that they are trying to steal victories from GOP candidates who won in the state.

Rubio started by noting that Bay County in Florida was hit by a category 4 hurricane roughly a month ago, yet still gave timely results after Tuesday’s election:

Marco Rubio ✔
@marcorubio
Long but IMPORTANT THREAT ON ELECTIONS IN #FLORIDA.#BayCounty was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago,yet managed to count votes & submit timely results.
Yet over 41 hours after polls closed #Broward elections office is still counting votes? #Sayfie
23.8K 12:16 PM – Nov 8, 2018

Then Rubio noted the seeming malfeasance of the Broward County supervisor:

Marco Rubio ✔
@marcorubio · 23h
Long but IMPORTANT THREAT ON ELECTIONS IN #FLORIDA.#BayCounty was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago,yet managed to count votes & submit timely results.
Yet over 41 hours after polls closed #Broward elections office is still counting votes?

Marco Rubio ✔
@marcorubio
#Broward supervisor:
– says she doesn’t know how many ballots are left to be counted; &
– Isn’t reporting hourly or regularly,but rather releasing thousands of additional votes,often in the overnight hours,that are chipping away at GOP leads
7,126 12:16 PM – Nov 8, 2018

Next, he pointed out that the Broward elections department has a history of violating the law:

Marco Rubio ✔
@marcorubio · 23h
Replying to @marcorubio
#Broward supervisor:
– says she doesn’t know how many ballots are left to be counted; &
– Isn’t reporting hourly or regularly,but rather releasing thousands of additional votes,often in the overnight hours,that are chipping away at GOP leads

Marco Rubio ✔
@marcorubio
#Broward elections department has a history of violating the law:
A court found they improperly handled votes by mail:https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/08/13/judge-sides-with-florida-gop-in-absentee-ballot-dispute-with-broward-county-555553 …
Court found they destroyed ballots in 2016 in violation of state & federal law:https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/05/14/florida-to-monitor-broward-election-chief-after-judge-finds-unlawful-ballot-destruction-in-wasserman-schultz-race-415832 …
9,610 12:16 PM – Nov 8, 2018

As Politico reported last August:

A judge has ordered the election supervisor in Florida’s second-most populous county to change the way she handles vote-by-mail absentee ballots after the Republican Party sued her for not following the law. The declaratory injunction, ordered Friday, prevents Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes from opening the mail-in ballots in secret or before the county’s three-member Canvassing Board meets to determine the ballots’ validity. The board can begin meeting Monday to handle absentee ballots, more than 75,000 of which have been cast in Broward ahead of the Aug. 28 primaries …

Under state law, an elector or campaign can challenge the lawfulness of an absentee ballot, but only before the ballot has been opened from its mail-in envelope. By opening the ballot before it got to the three-member Canvassing Board, the Republican Party complained, Snipes’ office was breaking the law and making any challenge impossible.

Rubio followed with his accusation that lawyers sympathetic to the Democratic Party had come to Florida to ensure the theft of GOP victories:

Marco Rubio ✔
@marcorubio · 23h
Replying to @marcorubio
#Broward elections department has a history of violating the law:
A court found they improperly handled votes by mail:https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/08/13/judge-sides-with-florida-gop-in-absentee-ballot-dispute-with-broward-county-555553 …
Court found they destroyed ballots in 2016 in violation of state & federal law:https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/05/14/florida-to-monitor-broward-election-chief-after-judge-finds-unlawful-ballot-destruction-in-wasserman-schultz-race-415832 …

Marco Rubio ✔
@marcorubio
Now democrat lawyers are descending on #Florida. They have been very clear they aren’t here to make sure every vote is counted.
– They are here to change the results of election; &
– #Broward is where they plan to do it.
9,344 12:16 PM – Nov 8, 2018

Rubio pointed out the elections supervisor had a history of incompetence:

Marco Rubio ✔
@marcorubio · 23h
Replying to @marcorubio
Now democrat lawyers are descending on #Florida. They have been very clear they aren’t here to make sure every vote is counted.
– They are here to change the results of election; &
– #Broward is where they plan to do it.

Marco Rubio ✔
@marcorubio
A U.S. Senate seat & a statewide cabinet officer are now potentially in the hands of an elections supervisor with a history of incompetence & of blatant violations of state & federal laws.
(Read Here: miamiherald.com)

Here’s some information from the article in the Miami Herald that Rubio cited. A court ruling last May found that Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes had illegally destroyed ballots from a 2016 congressional race. Consequently, the Florida Department of State planned to send election experts to Snipes’ office for the November election “to ensure that all laws are followed” and “to observe the administration of the election.”

Furthermore, in 2016, Broward County violated election law by posting early voting results before the polls closed.

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Source: A profile of elections operations in Broward County

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