Democrat Who Worked on 2000 Recount Praises Gov. Scott's Handling of FL Ballot Controversy
Attorney Joseph Klock, a Democrat who played a prominent role in the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida, said Tuesday that Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes "for sure" needs a new job.
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.
The midterm election recount was delayed for hours in Broward on Sunday because of a problem with one of the tabulation machines.
Klock, who served as the top attorney to then-Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris during the 2000 recount, said on Outnumbered Overtime that Florida voters have no confidence in Snipes' office.
He said that people should not be waiting for days after an election wondering about how many votes were counted and hearing reports of boxes of ballots being discovered.
"It's not being done correctly," Klock said of Snipes' position. "This shouldn't happen. This is an embarrassment."
Klock added that the most impressive performance he's seen amid the voting controversy is that of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is narrowly leading the Senate race against incumbent Bill Nelson.
Scott filed a lawsuit against Snipes last week seeking to impound voting machines and ballots in the state.
"He has made sure that he is upfront in making all the comments, his lawyers are not in front of the cameras," Klock said. "He is keeping political pressure, judicial pressure, on the process. And that makes a difference."
Klock said he sees no grounds for arguments that Scott should recuse himself from the matter, pointing out that attorneys and judges can handle the process.