Brenda Snipes was planning to step down in January from her position as an election supervisor in Broward County. But Governor Rick Scott didn’t want to wait that long. He just gave her the boot.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Rick Scott Suspends Controversial Broward County Elections Supervisor Before She Can Resign Early
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R.) on Friday decided to suspend Brenda Snipes, the supervisor of elections for Broward County, Florida, from office due to a series of voting and ballot controversies during the 2018 midterms and previous election cycles.
Scott said in a statement to Politico that he is suspending Snipes, who holds an elected office, because taxpayers should not be burdened by paying her salary after she announced her resignation.
“Every eligible voter in Florida deserves their vote to be counted and should have confidence in Florida’s elections process,” Scott said. “After a series of inexcusable actions, it’s clear that there needs to be an immediate change in Broward County and taxpayers should no longer be burdened by paying a salary for a supervisor of elections who has already announced resignation.”
Scott’s longtime fixer, attorney Pete Antonacci, will replace Snipes.
Scott could have allowed Snipes to stay in her role until she resigns in January, but someone close to the governor said that his decision was “a long time coming” and that she “had it coming to her,” according to Politico.
This was the right thing to do. She deserved to be dismissed. Her handling of votes in the recent midterms was a total mess.