Brenda Snipes, the embattled supervisor of elections for Broward County, Florida, announced that she has submitted her letter of resignation to Gov. Rick Scott.
"Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch," wrote Snipes in the letter. She requested in the letter that her resignation be effective January 4, 2019.
Snipes, a Democrat, oversaw the elections in Broward County, which were constantly dealing with errors and mishaps, which Republicans were quick to claim as fraud.
"I can't wait for this to be over," said Snipes last week during the recount process. "It is time to move on, to let someone else [do the job]." Snipes has served as supervisor of elections for 15 years.
The new Broward County Supervisor of Elections could be appointed by Governor-elect Ron DeSantis.
The state of Florida has long been known to have some potentially shady voting procedures which often arise during the close elections the state seems to have every other year.
A 2012 report from NBC revealed that there may be nearly 200,000 registered voters in Florida who may not be US citizens.
Later, it was discovered by state election officials that they had identified more than 2,600 people who are in Florida legally but ineligible to vote.
The initial list of names provided by the state of potentially ineligible voters contained nearly 182,000 names. This was later whittled down to 2,625. The state then found 207 non-citizens on the rolls on the federal database.
A state elections document from 2012 showed that only 85 non-citizens were ultimately removed from the rolls out of around 12 million voters eligible to vote at the time.
State officials do not know if any of the voters removed from the list had voted illegally in the past.
Keep in mind, in the 2000 presidential election, George W Bush defeated Al Gore by just 537 votes in Florida. It wouldn’t take much to swing a hotly contested race one way or the other.
Florida law requires voters to be a US citizen and to reside in the state. Florida also does not allow convicted felons to vote either.
Florida’s voting database has come under fire for issues with removing felons from the voting rolls as well as names of people who have died.
"Of course, Floridians are entitled to have confidence in the integrity of the voter rolls, and anyone not eligible should be removed and not permitted to vote," said Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.
"But the 'potentials,' 'possibles,' 'might-bes' that are the basis for this initiative by the Secretary of State don't yet add up to voter fraud,” Simon continued. “Based on Florida's regrettable experience with voter purges, it would be a mistake to rely on the accuracy of the state's data."
"To now learn that thousands of illegal votes could be cast across our state is chilling and threatens the confidence people need to have in our elections," said Republican Party of Florida chairman Lenny Curry in a statement." Any amount of fraud or illegality in this system is too much."
Federal prosecutors in Florida are reviewing date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots after it was discovered that the dates were altered by the Florida Democrat party in four different counties, including Broward.
“Cure affidavits” are due by 5 PM the day before the election, but prosecutors have discovered altered ballots that could be turned in on Thursday, the day after the election.
So far, Democrats have produced tens of thousands of ballots several days after the election. Broward County has even refused to disclose how many ballots they had left to tabulate meaning they could count however many they needed to force a recount for the Democrats.
State law does not allow ballots with irregularities such as mismatched signatures to be counted, but Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) claimed that Democrat lawyers are attempting to change the laws to steal elections.
“Florida law requires that the voter signatures on mail ballots match the signature of the voter, but Dem lawyers are asking a judge to throw that law out & force Florida to count ballots with signatures that don’t match the voter signature on file,” said Senator Rubio.