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LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) – A major shakeup is coming to the Broward County Department of Elections just hours after it concluded hand recount efforts on Sunday.
Following a tumultuous 2018 midterm election and a recount in which she and her office came under extreme criticism, CBS4 has learned that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes is stepping down.
Snipes submitted her letter of resignation Sunday evening, ending her nearly two-decade tenure as Broward’s election leader.
CBS 4 has confirmed Snipes submitted a resignation letter to the state. The Sun-Sentinel reports it’ll go into effect in early January.
CBS 4 reached out Sunday to the governor’s office and the division of elections but have not gotten a copy of the letter.
Snipes was also asked if she was concerned the next governor of Florida would remove her from office.
“My attorney says I should not answer that,” Snipes said.
Since Election Day, Snipes and her office have faced strong criticism for not releasing public records, being one of the last counties to finish counting ballots, and recently admitting more than 2,000 ballots were misplaced.
“I never thought the ballots were missing, you know that’s a word we like to tie to ballots. The ballots are intermingled with the other page ones.”
Snipes said those ballots were tabulated before the mishap.
Snipes, 75, was appointed to the position in 2003 by then-Governor of Florida Jeb Bush.
She was elected to a full term the following year, and then she was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016.