Voter fraud in Florida – What accountability looks like – Part 2
In the first part of my voter fraud in Florida story, I depicted the various types of voter fraud that exist. I also highlighted the specific actions taken in Palm Beach and Broward Counties that arise to the level of voter fraud by both Supervisors of Elections. In this part of the story, I’ll highlight the specific violations under Florida law. This all falls under the heading of ELECTION CODE: VIOLATIONS; PENALTIES.
These are all of the statues that apply to the fraud that’s knowingly been committed to date:
Vote-by-mail ballots and voting; violations.— (2) Any person who marks or designates a choice on the ballot of another person is guilty of a felony of the third degree.
Both Broward and Palm Beach Counties violated the mandate to have canvassing boards determine the remedy for addressing damaged and/or unclear votes for mail-in ballots. Instead, setting their own standards for repopulating replacement ballots on behalf of those voters.
Violations; neglect of duty; corrupt practices.— Any official who performs his or her duty as prescribed by this election code fraudulently or corruptly is guilty of a felony of the third degree.
Election code was immediately broken as mandated accounting for early and mail-in votes didn’t take place. It continued when the updates from both counties didn’t occur at least every 45 minutes. Furthermore, non-compliance with court orders and the illegal appropriation of damaged or unclear ballots/votes.
Intermingling ballots. — Whoever willfully places any ballot in the ballot box except as properly voted by electors, or willfully intermingles any other ballots which have not been duly received during the election with the ballots which are voted by the electors, is guilty of a felony of the third degree.
Brenda Snipes personally did just that. She added 22 ballots that had been disqualified into a qualifying batch of votes and counted all of them.
If you’re keeping track both Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher potential violations of the first two and Brenda Snipes the third as well. It’s possible there could be multiple counts under each violation. At a minimum, the potential for two third-degree felonies have been committed by Susan Bucher and three by Brenda Snipes.
In Florida, third-degree felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison, five years' probation and a $5,000 fine. It’s important that we have accountability under the law. A message must be sent loud and clear that electoral misconduct will not be tolerated. Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher need to be pursued for all illegal conduct as the first step to restoring confidence in our elections.
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