Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis expressed his relief that the 2018 election will be the last that Broward County election administrator Brenda Snipes will ever oversee.
The 2018 midterm elections in Florida featured two of the most closely watched races in the country. DeSantis was running against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D-Fla.) for governor, while current Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) was facing current Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) for his Senate seat.
After the polls closed on Election Day and votes were counted statewide, DeSantis was projected to win, and Gillum conceded the race.
Then a report came in from Broward County claiming that it had more votes left to count and that a recount would be conducted. Many were outraged by the apparent incompetence of Snipes’ office, including President Donald Trump.
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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
Although Florida officials finally called the Senate and governor races, Broward County was still messing things up during the manual recount. In fact, Snipes admitted that it misplaced more than 2,000 ballots during the counting. Snipes claimed that she knew the ballots were “in the building” but wasn’t sure where.
Because of the repeated failures of her office, several people asked for Snipes to resign.
There is no question that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians’ confidence in our electoral process. Supervisor Snipes should be removed from her office following the recounts.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 12, 2018
Finally, a colleague of Snipes announced that 2018 would be the last election Snipes will oversee.
Dr. Snipes has sent her resignation letter to Tallahassee. Meaning @RonDeSantisFL will be appointing the new Supervisor of Elections of Broward.
— Evelyn Pérez-Verdía?? (@EvelynPR) November 18, 2018
DeSantis will likely choose Snipes’ replacement, and he couldn’t be more relieved by the fact that she will no longer preside over elections in Florida.
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“The only thing better than being elected governor of Florida is being elected twice in two weeks. We had a margin on election night. It was a close race, but it was definitive that I had won. Even with some of the votes that turned up in Broward, I mean, my margin was significant enough. We knew the machine recount was not going to change it, and it didn’t. I also had confidence that Governor Scott would end up winning the recount, both the manual and the machine recount there. I think that’s great that it happened and that we’re moving on now.
Obviously, we’re going to have to address some of the problems with the election administration in places like Broward and Palm Beach County. I think it’s good that Brenda Snipes has submitted her resignation. There was no way as governor that I was going to let her preside over another election down there after all the problems they had.”
DeSantis said his first move as governor will be looking into the election administration and replacing Snipes and several Florida Supreme Court justices. Outside of politics, he also has to “baby-proof the governor’s mansion” for his two young children.