MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell claimed that Brenda Snipes, the Supervisor of Elections for Broward County, Florida, is “hardly a democratic official,” when Snipes, in fact, is an actual Democrat.
“We should also point out that Brenda Snipes in Broward County is a Republican appointed by former governor, then-Governor Jeb Bush,” said Mitchell. “So, she was put in by a Republican governor after the mess that we all remember from 2000. And she’s hardly a Democratic official, or someone doing the bidding of the Democratic candidates there.”
Watch Mitchell make the claim for yourself in the video below:
Florida governor Rick Scott has already won one lawsuit filed against Snipes regarding voter fraud, while others are still pending.
The fact that Snipes is a Democrat is easily fact-checked as well. Snopes herself identifies as a Democrat, as she ran as a Democrat for her elected position.
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."