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WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/NSF) – A Broward County Judge has ruled in favor of Gov. Rick Scott and says Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes must “allow immediate” viewing and copying of records that have been requested.

The judge added that it must be completed by 7 p.m.

By late Friday, attorneys for Governor Scott said they didn’t get very far in their efforts to inspect the ballots, as required by the judge’s order. Scott’s attorneys say they did receive documents before 7 p.m. but they could not access them.

“We don’t know how many pages of documents,” said attorney Jessica Kopas. “We don’t know the quality of the production. We don’t know much at all.”

Scott’s lawyers waited outside the Supervisor of Elections office into the evening Friday waiting to get in and do their inspection. Then they told CBS4’s Carey Codd that they were asked to return for their inspection at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“Did they tell you why not tonight?” Codd asked.

“Just logistics. Just logistics,” replied attorney William McCormick.

CBS4’s Carey Codd with the latest from the Broward Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill.


The lawsuit in Broward filed against Snipes claimed that her office was withholding crucial voter information and has blocked access to the office. At the emergency hearing on Friday, Scott’s lawyers said this was a “simple” public records request case about access to Broward ballots, figuring out who voted, how they voted and how many votes have yet to be counted. They added that it’s not about how votes are counted or inspecting ballots.

“This information Supervisor of Elections should have already compiled and saved,” he added, “It should take 10 minutes to do.”

An attorney for Snipes, Eugene Pettis, said Snipes “never told them she wouldn’t provide the information.” Snipe’s attorney noted that the records request was made just 26 hours before and that the focus should be on counting the vote.

Snipes attorney added that he believes Governor Scott didn’t believe Snipes was moving fast enough to finish the vote tabulation.

After the hearing, Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz argued that since Snipes was found to have violated Florida’s constitution by not following the state’s public records laws, the Governor should remove her from office.

“I’m calling for the Governor to place these offices in a state of receivership and there is a legal basis too do that because the Supervisor of Elections was violating the constitutional rights of Floridians,” Gaetz said.

But Snipes’ attorney, Pettis, say she will comply and there’s no cause to remove her.


“The judges’ ruling does not give any basis for Dr. Snipes stepping down,” Pettis said. “This is not a time for politics. This is a time for her to complete an election cycle and allow her to do her constitutional duty that she’s done for many many years.”

Scott has filed a second lawsuit against Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, accusing her of refusing to allow Scott’s representatives to personally witness the ballot counting. The suit also accuses Bucher of keeping the county canvassing board from performing its duties.

Senator Bill Nelson is also pursuing a lawsuit. He’s asking a federal judge to push back the noon deadline on Saturday for unofficial results to be sent to state officials, giving elections officials across the state more time to consider vote by mail and provisional ballots.

“This process is about one thing — making sure every legal ballot is counted,” Nelson said in a video statement. “Clearly Rick Scott is trying to stop all the votes from being counted and he’s impeding the Democratic process.”

The Scott campaign countered that Nelson’s lawsuit was an effort to overrule election officials.

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Comments (84)
  1. Sam Hensley says:

    If the Dems think they can get away with stealing the election in Florida….that is exactly what they will do. These people have zero morals and ethics when it comes to being in power.

    1. Kerry O'Brien says:

      I find that a strange comment. My town is run by Dems and I see close to zero if not zero corruption, an obsession with open government, and an almost overwhelming desire to hear from the citizens and take their input into consideration. And it’s consistently ranked as one of the best cities in the country to live in. So hmmm, what gives?

      1. Justin Crediblename says:

        I come from a family of dems. pretty dishonorable people (just speaking for my family members…not the group as a whole).
        Also take into account the dem to rep federal incarceration ratio which exceeds 6:1.
        there are some significant tendency differences between the two groups.
        for the record, I object to both parties.

      2. What gives is fairly easy: (1) You’ve been indoctrinated into believing that they care for you at all. (2) The corruption only shows when there’s someone there to uncover it and make it known. Since, as you say, your town is run by Dems, they aren’t going to rat on themselves or each other. As far as one of the best places to live, there are a lot of different metrics to those rankings, and their weights can be manipulated to give any result you choose.

      3. Luis Martinez says:

        So was Thousand Oaks. Meaningless labels….

      4. Jason Smith says:

        The town isnt worth naming though, is it?

      5. Elizabeth Nylah Summers says:

        Thank you for your opinion Ray Charles.

      6. Just look at history. Dems are always finding ways to steal elections. They’re 100% crooked.

      7. stacy4422 says:

        why is it when the Dems win you NEVER hear about lost ballots? but when EVER a Repub wins there are lost ballots EVERYWHERE?

      8. Ray Williams says:

        Come to Philly Kerry and meet some real Democrats. They’re called BlackPanthers, and they greet all Republicans with a smile and a club. That’s what gives.

      9. Dee Bee says:

        You mus live in Cannabistan?

      10. Jeff Sonnefield says:

        Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

      11. L I B E R A L P R I V I L E G E !

      12. Kerry, I see you are obese with open government. My cousin worked under Brenda Snipes and over the last 10 elections she would do ANYTHING to win local elections for Democrats. So What did you do in your open investigation relating to this elections? What steps did you take as an investigator? Are you a fed or state investigator or just a person on the street? Do you vote Dem or Rep?

        In the end, Snipes and crew should have been stopped in their tracks and investigators let in. She didn’t do that. She is still dirty and has to go.

      13. Gary Griffin says:

        So you are a democrat that agrees with other democrats…..I notice your city is missing in your comment.

  2. Why is Broward County run by terdWorld subspecies?
    Do those pr!m@tes think they can subvert an election?

    Break down their offices and shine the light of justice upon them.


    1. Shimmon Rockwerk says:

      Cut it out Mr Troll we all know your no Repub

    2. Justin Crediblename says:

      nice trolling, but you have to be more subtle if you intend to deceive a higher percentage of people. I wonder if you’re being paid to write this stuff, or if you’re just dishonorable.

  3. Fred Stevens says:

    Democrats seek to rule not to govern. They will impose socialist tyranny on us, and they will do anything to seize power. They do not care about fair elections, they only care about holding power.

  4. Tom Wharton says:

    Typical Democrat tactic, fake enough votes to trigger the automatic recount, then steal it with dead votes.

  5. Edmond Day says:

    In NYS we have a perfect system. ONE party so voter fraud nit necessary.

    1. dt60093 says:

      China and Russia have the same.

  6. Off Roader says:

    Election already has been stolen, even with a recount they have already inserted enough fake votes.

  7. Aw Henderson says:

    Those that engage in election fraud have been getting away with it for years; the ones getting caught are only the tip of the iceberg.
    Behavior that is re-enforced with either continue or escalate…so if authorities don’t start really punishing these people, they will be culpable in eventually helping to turn this nation into a banana republic.

    1. Justin Crediblename says:

      well said.

  8. Jim Macdonald says:

    More cases of voter fraud orchestrated by rabid liberal feminists.

  9. Remember Athens, TN in 1946. May be time again to refresh the tree of Liberty?

  10. David Smith says:

    Democrat party is a crime family. Corruption is their code of honor. The end justifies the means is their motto. They are true Marxist.

  11. Only fools believe that Democrats don’t lie, cheat, or steal.

  12. Isn’t it amazing how every time ballots are mysteriously “lost” in any election in this country – when they’re “found” – they always end up favoring the Democrats. What are the odds?

  13. Bob Conway says:


  14. Marsha Moore says:

    Will Federal Charges be brought against this Supervisor for violating the constitution and voter Fraud

  15. Stefan Polihronopoulos says:

    Who needs the Russians when Dems are around?

  16. Election LAW does not mean SQUAT to a Democrat! It’s all about winning at any cost, the Constitution be DAMNED!

  17. Bob Suyak says:

    Dems have to be dishonest and cheat, why I can’t stand any of them.

  18. Chelsea Desiree Goldkamp says:

    The history of Broward County is pure corruption, thanks to Wasserman-Schultz oversight and her lackies. From voter fraud to stand down orders, and oh yea Cesar Sayoc who sent bombs all over the nation to addresses of Dems that the public doesn’t even have access to. LOCK HER UP! Along with a few others! MAGA BABY

  19. Gil Stonebarger says:

    if you are a democrat and are ok with cheating and lying, we might as well go to war against each other now.Just remember, sooner or later the people you cheat are going to want justice….

  20. Morgan O'Rourke says:

    And throw this crook Snipes in jail while they’re at it. Enough is enough.

  21. Wilbur Stakler says:

    this happens in broward all the time when there is an election. i would clean out every frigging democrat there and hace fed Gov run it 50% repubs and 50% dems, Then jail all the crooked workers that was in that building from top to bottom

  22. Fred Stiening says:

    Electronic voting machines were going to fix this.

  23. Rhonda Tracey says:

    oh make no mistake about it.. democrats are liars and thieves

  24. Just to think Bill Nelson has been going on for the last 2 years about Russian meddling in our elections and it ends up that its happening right in his own state. That video of private vehicles showing up loading the rental truck with ballots appears genuine. They also don’t look like Russian GRU either.

  25. I hate the Democrats and everything they stand for… lies, poverty and death.

  26. muneshadowe says:

    Why is it they say one of snipes attorneys when it is the county prosecutors office that handles law problems with the board of elections.

  27. Emoh Nur says:

    It’s not the votes that count, it’s who counts the votes that counts !

  28. Joel Sommers says:

    I don’t live in Florida. But I assumed that machines to the actual vote counting. Is that not the case? What is the process?

  29. Steve Taikowski says:

    Desantis and Scott won by landslides, the Democrats are obviously trying to break the law since they are crooked as a dogs hind leg!

  30. Jeff Smith says:

    Phony ballots will continued to be manufactured and counted as Dem votes until the Dems have a one vote lead at which point they will declare victory.

    The only way the Democrat machine stops is for some Florida Republican with the authority to do so has the chops to start arresting Democrats en masse.

    At some point a good guy has to have the guts to drop the hammer or the Dems will steal the entire country and laugh in our face.

  31. Greg Espey says:

    they dont add votes they destroy republican ballots

  32. The law abiding right will lose because the criminals on the left really don’t care about breaking the law.

  33. Luis Martinez says:

    Stalin’s saying, “It doesn’t matter who votes —- what matters is who counts the votes.”

  34. Martin Deano says:

    So, it looks like the civil war will start in Florida.

  35. Warrior of GOD says:

    Fire all those involved in this corruption in Broward county……………..

  36. It apparent the democrat party is boldly attempting to steal the election, which is their M.O. and no surprise. It’s time the GOP fight back instead of pulling a Paul Ryan bend over maneuver.