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Brenda Snipes Removed By Governor For Botching Elections; Replacement Had Key Role In Oliphant’s Suspension

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Dr. Brenda Snipes (file)

Brenda Snipes is history as Broward’s chief election official.

Snipes botched so many elections that she was removed by Gov Rick Scott on Friday.



Peter Antonacci

The replacement picked by Scott was lawyer Peter Antonacci, who had a key role 14 years ago in the removal of  Snipes’ predecessor Miriam Oliphant. 

For those who remember the charges against Oliphant in her 2003 removal, Friday’s action was deja vu. 

Scott’s news released termed Snipes’ performance in office “misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty….(she) missed deadlines, lost ballots and (her failure to) report basic information to the public, which resulted in multiple violations of Florida law. This follows multiple documented instances throughout Ms. Snipes’ term where Florida laws were broken including posting election results before polls closed and authorizing the improper destruction of ballots.”

Oliphant similarly was accused by Gov. Jeb Bush of “grave and frequent neglect, gross ignorance of official duties and gross carelessness in and improper discharge of official duties.”

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Dec. 1, 2018

Buddy Nevins has been a South Florida journalist for over 40 years. His columns appeared in the Fort Lauderdale News and then the Sun-Sentinel. Nevins now writes for his own website, www.browardbeat.com. The opinions expressed by Buddy Nevins are strictly his own and not those of the SouthFloridaReporter.