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Brenda Snipes, the Broward County Election Supervisor, is credited with making Florida ballot counting a joke, once again.
Republican Governor Rick Scott won the Senate race despite all the problems in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, where Bill Nelson closed the gap significantly after election day. Republican Ron DeSantis held off Andrew Gillum’s post-election day surge as well, though it wasn’t as close.
Snipes - Resignation - Election - Results - Criticism
Snipes submitted her resignation just after the election results were certified, after intense criticism. The resignation is effective January 4, 2019, the day after Scott is due to leave office as Governor. So that would deprive Scott of the ability to name a replacement. It seemed like a strategically place poke in Scott’s eye by Snipes.
Snipes is to receive $130,000 in pensions.
Scott - Snipes - Sun-Sentinel - Reports
But Scott is not waiting. He just suspended Snipes, as The Sun-Sentinel reports:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has suspended Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes and is appointing a close ally to replace her.
Peter - Antonacci - President - CEO - Business
Peter Antonacci, president and CEO of the business development organization Enterprise Florida, will serve for the remainder of Snipes term until a replacement can be chosen by voters...
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