Ortagus: No 'Conspiracy,' Broward Elections Supervisor Is Just 'Totally Incompetent'
Morgan Ortagus slammed the elections supervisor of Broward County on Tuesday over Florida's ballot-counting issues.
Supervisor Brenda Snipes was accused of "gross mismanagement" by the GOP amid the controversy over the vote recount in Florida's pivotal races for governor and Senate.
In Snipes’ Broward County, the recount was delayed for hours Sunday because of a problem with one of the tabulation machines. Broward officials faced further headaches after acknowledging the county mistakenly mixed 22 rejected absentee ballots with 205 legal ballots.
Ortagus said on America's Newsroom that she doesn't believe there's a conspiracy going on, but that Snipes is "totally incompetent."
"What this does is this completely undermines Floridians' faith in the voting process," she said.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) called for Snipes' removal from office in a tweet on Monday, saying that she "failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts."
There is no question that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians’ confidence in our electoral process. Supervisor Snipes should be removed from her office following the recounts.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 12, 2018
Ortagus added that Snipes' ouster should be "carefully" considered going into 2020.
"Who needs the Russians when we've got the Broward County supervisor?" she said.
Gov. Rick Scott (R) filed a lawsuit against Snipes, seeking to impound voting machines and ballots in the state.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D) called for Scott to remove himself from any recount, saying that the incumbent governor is "undermining" the voting process.
"Rick Scott isn't interested in making sure every lawful vote is counted," Nelson said.
Ortagus said that she isn't surprised at Nelson's comments and that "he's fighting for his life."
Watch the discussion above.