'No One Has Faith in Her': Watters Calls Out Broward County Election Supervisor
Lack of transparency, communication 'suspicious.'
"The Five" co-hosts reacted on Friday after a Florida judge sided with Republican Senate candidate and governor Rick Scott in ordering that Republicans be given “immediate” access to requested information about ballots in Broward County, amid explosive lawsuits against the county’s top election official.
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.
State Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips ruled there has “been a violation of the Florida constitution,” as well as the state’s public records act, by not turning over requested records. She ordered Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to allow for the “immediate inspection” and “photocopying” of the requested records no later than 7:00 p.m. Friday.
Jesse Watters said Snipes has a questionable history, and he took a page from President Trump's nicknaming playbook by dubbing her "Sneaky Snipes."
"She's been already accused of ballot stuffing, of hiding amendments from ballots. A judge has ruled that she illegally destroyed ballots ... not in this case, but in 2016," Watters said.
"And in 2018, she was accused of not allowing Scott's representatives to watch her fill out provisional ballots. And the judge just smacked her down and said, 'It's time to open up the doors, because you're doing everything in secret,'" Watters added.
He said Snipes' number one job as election supervisor is to know how many ballots were cast, how many were counted and how many are left to be counted.
"She says she has no idea. And the fact that she is not communicating to the public or to the campaigns ... is suspicious, because if you don't know the tabulation, then anything can happen underneath," Watters said. "And that's why, this woman, no one has faith in her at all."
Marie Harf agreed that Broward County election officials should be more transparent, but she said, as of now, there is no evidence of voter fraud.
"There's a lot of people who have partisan interests in these races making claims," Harf said. "And we just need to take a deep breath, we need to have some transparency, we need to get the votes counted and we also, though, going forward need to make our election systems better."
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