Alabama-born elections official at the center of Florida election disaster

Brenda Snipes
Brenda Snipes [Photo Credit: Carline Jean | South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP]

Front and center in the voting controversy in Florida this year has been Broward County and its supervisor of elections, Brenda Snipes.

A Talladega, Alabama-native, Snipes has held her position since 2003. And according to the Sun-Sentinel, she has a history of election faux pas and troubles, including:

Now, with the national spotlight shining yet again on Florida races too close to call and troubling issues in counting and re-counting votes, Snipes is yet again making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

On Friday she was guilty of violating both Florida’s public-records laws and the state’s constitution for not fulfilling a request for that information by Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s campaign.

“This is not just the most troubled elections office in the state, it’s the most troubled elections office in the nation,” Sen. Marco Rubio told POLITICO saying Snipes ought to be removed from office.

“She has shown she’s incapable of conducting a large and important election in a way that inspires public confidence and trust,” Rubio added. “She’s been found to have destroyed ballots, in violation of the law. Opened absentee ballots early, in violation of the law. Misprinted ballots that have gone out.”