Dershowitz: 'Totally Incompetent' Ballot Contributed to FL Election Controversy
Alan Dershowitz said Saturday on Fox & Friends that a "problematic" ballot was a factor in the Election Day mix-up in Florida's Broward County.
Rick Scott -- the Republican gubernatorial incumbent narrowly leading in the state's race for a U.S. Senate seat -- and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) alleged that Broward election officials were hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted in Tuesday's midterm elections.
Brenda Snipes, the county’s election supervisor, is at the center of the controversy after invalid and valid votes in the elections were reportedly mixed.
Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus, said that Broward County has a reputation for both corruption and incompetence in elections.
"The ballot was totally incompetent," he said. "Right now, I think there's much more proof of incompetence than corruption."
Politico reported that Snipes' office was monitored earlier this year after it was ruled that Broward County destroyed ballots in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's 2016 primary against Tim Canova.
The county was also reportedly in violation of the law in 2016 because it posted voting results online before polls closed.
Dershowitz added on Saturday that the American public has "regressed" since the infamous recount in the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
He said that this year's ballot was "problematic" and that both of Florida's senate candidates should have reviewed the ballot prior to the election.
"You have the governor right at the top ... and then if you want to vote for the senator, you have to search for it under the instructions," he said. "This is deja vu all over again."
He said that he believes there will be a vote recount in the state and that there are lessons to be learned from the controversy.
"Straighten it up. Get your act together before the election," he said. "Make sure every ballot is properly framed. Make sure that we have in place ways of counting every ballot."