BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Amid anger and chaos, Broward County election officials handed over documents in a legal battle with Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
The governor, who declared himself the winner of the senate race over incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson, can find out how many people voted, how many votes were counted and how many are still left to count.
The legal battle started when Scott filed suit against Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, claiming she blocked access to her office and important election records. Snipes denies that claim.
A judge ordered her to hand over voting information to Scott by 7 p.m. Friday. An attorney for Scott said they did receive a batch of documents. Now, they’re going over them to see if it’s the information they asked for.
The governor’s legal team also plans to go to the supervisor of election’s office Saturday morning to inspect documents there.
There have been calls to remove Snipes from office, which Scott could do under Florida law while he is still governor.
Former Miami-Dade County court judge and law professor Jeffrey Swartz said removing Snipes wouldn’t be a good move.
“It’s kind of inconsequential,” he said, “because the only people who could then take over would be people who work for the supervisor of elections, so the system would be the same and the decisions would be made by people that that supervisor put in place.”
Snipes is no stranger to controversy. In 2016, she inadvertently posted election results 30 minutes before the polls closed.
This year, a judge ruled she broke state and federal laws by destroying ballots from a 2018 congressional race.
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