Fla. To Monitor County After Ballots Destroyed In Debbie Wasserman Schultz Primary
Officials from Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration will monitor the Broward County elections' office after a judge ruled it broke state and federal laws by unlawfully destroying ballots cast in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's 2016 Democratic primary, Politico is reporting.
"During the upcoming election, the Department of State will send a Florida elections expert from the Division of Elections to Supervisor (Brenda) Snipes' office to ensure that all laws are followed so the citizens of Broward County can have the efficient, properly run election they deserve,” Scott's office said in a statement to Politico.
The action followed a lawsuit by Tim Canova, a Nova Southeastern University law professor who ran against Wasserman Schultz in 2016. He is also running against her this year as an independent.
He has maintained the governor should suspend Snipes for destroying the paper ballots. However, Snipes has said it was a mistake and pointed out her office had made copies of the ballots.
Politico noted federal and state record laws show the paper ballots should have been preserved.