2016 was a tough year for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as she was plagued with controversy, and now a judge has ruled that the elections supervisor, Brenda Snipes, in Broward county broke federal and state law by unlawfully destroying ballots that were cast in the primary race that Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz won. The case was brought by Wasserman Schutlz’s opponent who wanted to investigate voting irregularities.As a result, Governor Rick Scott has announced that he’ll be reviewing the Judge’s order and that her office will be monitored.
In a written statement, Scott’s office explained that “During the upcoming election, the Department of State will send a Florida elections expert from the Division of Elections to Supervisor Snipes’ office to ensure that all laws are followed so the citizens of Broward County can have the efficient, properly run election they deserve.”
Tim Canova, Wasserman Schultz’s challenger, who will now challenge her as an Independent, said that Governor Scott should suspend Snipes for her actions.
In a statement, Canova said that “The governor has the power to dismiss Snipes from office for malfeasance and misfeasance. The judge also pointed to the supervisor’s bad faith for continuing to litigate for months after admitting she destroyed the ballots, which will certainly run up the cost to taxpayers.”