After the ballots were supposed to be turned over by Snipes per a court order, an employee filed an affidavit after being fired for reporting the behavior.
“Affidavit filed by Broward Election’s employee in support of Caldwell lawsuit provides eye witness account of Elections staff filling in blank ballots. When this was reported the employee was fired and told not to come back. #sayfie,” tweeted Kottkamp.
“The campaign of the Republican candidate for agricultural commissioner sent a news release Friday afternoon announcing that his attorneys filed a lawsuit in the 17th judicial circuit ‘asking the court to protect the integrity of all ballots and all public records relating to the election for Commissioner of Agriculture.’”
Caldwell was victorious in the agricultural commissioner race Tuesday with an approximate 40,000 vote lead over Democratic candidate Nikki Fried.
“But the latest vote count shows Caldwell losing by 3,120 votes to Fried. The difference between the candidates is .04 percent, signaling an automatic recount, and a likely manual recount.”
“Over the course of the last two and half days, the Broward supervisor has continued to magically find boxes of ballots that have potentially altered the course of the race,” Caldwell said in an interview Friday.
“And after all that time, we still cannot get a straight answer as to where they came from, when they were cast. We just heard there is another magical box of 2,100 ballots they supposedly found here (Friday).”
He said what is happening in Broward County is unacceptable.
“The fact that it’s my opponent’s home county and you continue to have ballots just be found at random times without any explanation I think it just undermines the faith in the entire process and certainly leaves me doubtful about the current count that has been presented out there,” Caldwell said.
Caldwell demands all communication between Snipes and her team and staff as well as any third parties, and wants verification of whether or not she added or removed votes after polls closed.
“There is no serious person that looks at this and doesn’t suspect there is something incredibly wrong going here, and we are going to get to the bottom of it by demanding answers through the court of law,” Caldwell said.
Protesters have descended on the Broward County Election Office demanding Snipes “has gotta go.”
Chants of “Brenda Snipes has gotta go!” and “Lock her up!” were heard on Friday.