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Brenda Snipes Resigns as Broward Election Supervisor

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes signs a box during a ballot recount in Lauderhill, Florida, U.S., November 12, 2018. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri )

Brenda Snipes submitted her resignation as Broward County, Fla., elections supervisor on Sunday after coming under fire for a host of problems that plagued the county during the midterms and her 15 years in the position.

The resignation is expected to kick in sometime in January, leaving the appointment of a new elections supervisor up to incoming Republican governor Ron DeSantis. The victorious candidate and former congressman called Snipes’ resignation “good.”

“There was no way as governor that I was going to let her preside over another election down there after all the problems that they had,” DeSantis said on Fox News Monday morning.

Just hours before her resignation, Snipes had finished a recount of the votes cast for the gubernatorial, Senate, and agriculture commission races. Snipes was under fire for taking more than the allotted time to submit the recounted vote totals and for “misplacing” more than 2,000 votes for the agriculture commission race.

In 2017, Snipes was found to have destroyed ballots from the 2016 congressional-primary elections sooner than state and federal laws allowed and while they were the subject of a lawsuit against her office. Four years earlier, in 2012, about 1,000 ballots turned up after elections were over.

“It is time to move on,” she said last week.

Snipes has received three raises since 2016 and was making $178,865. She was appointed by Jeb Bush in 2003 when he was Florida’s governor. Bush turned on her last week, calling on Twitter for her to be replaced.

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