Florida Governor Rick Scott announced on Friday the "immediate" suspension of Brenda Snipes, Broward County's embattled election supervisor, after a series of voting-related scandals which peaked during the 2018 midterms, according to Politico. Scott was eventually forced to sue her to obtain public information.
"Every eligible voter in Florida deserves their vote to be counted and should have confidence in Florida's elections process," Scott told Politico in a written statement. "After a series of inexcusable actions, it's clear that there needs to be an immediate change in Broward County and taxpayers should no longer be burdened by paying a salary for a Supervisor of Elections who has already announced resignation."
Snipes, an elected official whose term ends after the 2020 elections, will be replaced by Scott's longtime fixer, attorney Pete Antonacci, Scott's former general counsel who does not plan to run for the Broward elections position and who has been appointed by Scott to fill three other posts, including his current job as president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. -Politico
Snipes had originally announced her early retirement effective January 4th, however Scott felt that she needed top be punished for years of mismanagement.