Election Fraud Or Really, REALLY, Strange Coincidence (Again)?
The House race in Arizona between Democrat Krysten Sinema and her GOP challenger Martha McSally, the Governor’s race in Georgia between former GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp and his Democrat challenger Stacey Abrams, and the madness again in Florida — land of the 2000 presidential election hanging chads — all looks very familiar, even to people who’s kneejerk reaction to allegations of electoral malfeasance is to scream, “conspiracy theorist!”
Florida is, of course, the worst offender, as the Daily Caller reminds us in an op-ed Sunday:
In 2000 just a few hundred votes separated the two presidential candidates in Florida and chaos ensued. The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court that helped guide its decision to force election officials to follow the law.
Yet 18 years later the state’s electoral process remains broken. The current Broward supervisor of elections, Brenda Snipes, was appointed in 2003 to fix an office beset with problems — the year before it failed to open the polls on time. Yet Snipes has done little better. A former elections inspector, Benjamin Bennett, complained that “Every election there is a snafu of some type.” Noted the Naples News: “it’s not unusual for Democrat Brenda Snipes, the head of Broward County’s election office, to find herself facing questions about bungled elections.”
In the 2004 presidential election thousands of Broward absentee ballots disappeared. Her office transported them in private cars without observers and opened absentee ballots in private. Two years ago, the office was placed under state supervision after it violated both state and federal law by destroying ballots subject to a lawsuit.
Now comes word that a young Broward County election employee filed a sworn affidavit back in 2016 saying she witnessed other employees of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office (SOE) filling out blank ballots — essentially casting fraudulent votes. (affidavit included)
— Lynda Laurisstevor (@PepsiYourTeeth) November 10, 2018
In Georgia, Stacey Abrams is filing a lawsuit alleging that there are missing provisional ballots that she’s just super certain would be for her if only they could be found somewhere (maybe in a box in a back room at Broward County SEO).
Sinema in Arizona looks to have already won her race.
But no Republican dare accuse anyone affiliated with the circumstances surrounding these odd races of not acting with integrity because if you believe elections can be tampered with you’re a nutter. Period. In fact, Rick Hasen, who will tow those progressive party lines in violation of logic even despite his sizable intellect, wrote a piece for Slate that shows exactly what happens in the aftermath of these kind of hinky goings on: projection on steroids.
This is why Republicans are claiming voter fraud in Florida and Arizona
WASHINGTON – Many Americans knew days ago who their elected officials would be following Tuesday midterm election.
But things have moved slower in several states due to razor-thin races. Some Republicans are claiming voter fraud. Democrats are vowing to make sure every ballot is counted.
The increasingly tense situations in Florida and Arizona have included lawsuits, protests, possible recounts, and even comments from President Donald Trump.
The tight races for Senate in Arizona, along with governor and Senate in Florida, have gotten tighter over the days as more ballots were counted. But the legal bickering has gotten ugly and soured already bitter races in a divided nation.
“It is incredibly troubling,” said David Becker, a former Justice Department voting-rights lawyer. “These counties haven’t even finished counting ballots. This is all about winning and nothing about fraud, but it comes at the cost of delegitimizing our own democracy.”
The drama in Florida
Welcome to the Sunshine State, where the dramatic elections live.
The increasing tense race between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Bill Nelson in Florida’s Senate race spurred lawsuits from both candidates. All but two counties have finished counting ballots, but those counties have caused the margin of Scott’s lead in the race to fall drastically, from 60,000 to about 15,000.
Scott filed a lawsuit alleging “rampant fraud” in the counties that heavily favor Democrats. Scott requested an investigation and questioned whether Democrat-led counties had been taking longer to count ballots in some sort of effort to inflate the Democratic vote.
He didn’t include any proof of the accusations, but the message took hold with Republicans across the state, even reaching the White House.
“Rick Scott was up by 50,000+ votes on Election Day, now they ‘found’ many votes and he is only up 15,000 votes. “’The Broward Effect.’ How come they never find Republican votes?,” President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Friday.
The lawsuit led to a Broward County Circuit judge on Friday ordering Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to release records requested by Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee related to voting tabulations. The ruling did not include anything about the accusations of fraud.
The Broward County Canvassing Board was to meet in the early afternoon, and about 30 Republican protesters had gathered outside by midday.
“Don’t steal our election!” they shouted in chants alternated with songs including “The Star-Spangled Banner” and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Florida Orders Senate, Governor Race Recounts Amid Mystery Box Controversy
After a Florida Judge ordered Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to allow for the immediate inspection of tens of thousands of ballots suddenly found after Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson lost to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, Snipes failed to abide by a 7 PM deadline set at the emergency hearing. Instead, workers were filmed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) shuffling boxes into a truck, before he was forcibly removed by a police officer.
BREAKING: I took this video as the riot police removed me from where trucks were secretly loading stuff in/out of Broward Supervisors office. All this while they are violating constitutional rights & a court order! #BrowardCounty pic.twitter.com/DbxyKRde4f
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 10, 2018
Andrew Pollack recorded this video today at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office where ballots are being counted.
The video shows multiple big box trucks pulling up to the building's loading dock.
What is being shipped in or out of the facility? Why? pic.twitter.com/lMvHRyQBRT
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 10, 2018
The scene was reminiscent of election night, when Broward County election officials were seen shuffling mystery boxes into a rented truck.
Caught On Video: Concerned citizen sees ballots being transported in private vehicles & transferred to rented truck on Election night. This violates all chain of custody requirements for paper ballots. Were the ballots destroyed & replaced by set of fake ballots? Investigate now! pic.twitter.com/GUPZnz7Gny
— Tim Canova (@Tim_Canova) November 8, 2018