Just hours after finishing a tumulus election recount on Sunday, an embattled Florida Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes submitted her resignation, ending a 15-year tenure full of botched elections, legal disputes, blistering criticism and at times bitter voting and recount process in the knife-edge midterm elections in the Florida State.
The Guardian reported that prior to quitting; the 75-year-old Broward County Supervisor of Elections told reporters that racism is “probably” a factor in the backlash against her.
Nevertheless, recounts in Florida after the election eventually saw upcoming Democratic hopeful Andrew Gillum narrowly fail to become Florida’s governor after a racially-charged contest against Republican Ron DeSantis. On Saturday, he conceded.
During a TV interview on Monday, DeSantis told Fox & Friends that a “blue wave” did sweep over Florida and Democrats really turned out to vote.
“Kinda was a blue wave, we were just able to overcome it”, he said.
The report further lamented that in what turned out to be a crushing election for Democrats in the state, it was confirmed just after a noon deadline for a recount on Sunday, that longtime Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has lost his seat to Florida Governor Rick Scott.
As such, Snipes resigned and submitted a letter, declaring that she intends to leave her post in January.
Nevertheless, this news understands that Snipes has suffered criticism from Scott, Senate Marco Rubio, and President Donald Trump, amid confusion and disarray during the recount process. She was also condemned by Democrats last week, after failing to submit tallies in the race between Scott and Nelson on schedule, and has suffered bouts of intense criticism during her tenure, despite being repeatedly re-elected to her position after being appointed in 2003 by Jeb Bush.
Most serious was a circuit judge’s ruling earlier this year that Snipes’s office violated state and federal law by destroying ballots from the 2016 primary election too early, since she authorized the ballot destruction 12 months after the primary, instead of waiting 22 months as required.