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The Broward County Supervisor of Elections broke state and federal law by illegally destroying ballots cast in the 2016 Democratic congressional primary when Tim Canova faced off against incumbent Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz, a circuit court judge ruled Friday.
Canova, an independent candidate for Congress and founder of Progress for All, alleged in a 2017 lawsuit that Supervisor Brenda Snipes illegally obstructed his request to copy and inspect ballots, then improperly discarded thousands of ballots that made inspection of voting irregularities impossible.
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Snipes signed a Sept. 1 document to destroy the ballots, without informing Canova or the court. Snipes contends her office made high-quality copies of the ballots.
Paper ballots should have been preserved by the office until 22 months after the election, according to longstanding federal election law and state public records law. Under state law, a public record sought in a court case is not permitted to be destroyed without a judge’s order.
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Canova argued Scott should suspend Snipes for destroying the paper ballots while his lawsuit was ongoing.
Broward Circuit Judge Raag Singhal agreed with Canova, ruling that Snipes ignored and illegally obstructed his request to copy and inspect the ballots. Florida’s Secretary of State plans to send an elections expert to Broward, the state’s second-largest county, during the upcoming elections to monitor the administration of upcoming elections in the county and “ensure that all laws are followed.”
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Wasserman Schultz’s office contends it had nothing to do with Snipes’ decision to destroy the ballots.
Canova is also urging the FBI to investigate the results of the election, arguing that federal examination of the Democrat establishment’s corruption would potentially nullify the election that he believes was stolen.
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“We’re trying to get the FBI to investigate but they seem uninterested at this point even though the ballot destruction violated federal law punishable by prison. I guess they’d...
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