Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday issued an executive order to remove embattled elections supervisor Brenda Snipes.
Scott’s order cites “misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty” following significant vote-counting problems in Broward County during the midterm elections.
In a statement, Scott said Snipes’s job performance was “inexcusable.”
“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,” Scott said.
INBOX: “Following widespread issues with voting in Broward County, Governor Rick Scott today issued Executive Order 18-342 to immediately suspend Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes from office for misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 30, 2018
The governor, who is heading to the U.S. Senate soon, appointed Peter Antonacci to take her place. Antonacci currently runs a company called Enterprise Florida.
“I know that Pete will be solely focused on running free and fair elections, will not be running for election and will bring order and integrity back to this office.”
“Snipes oversaw the recount efforts in Broward County and came under intense criticism, including from President Donald Trump and other GOP officials, who made unsubstantiated allegations against Snipes of voter fraud,” NBC News reported. “Snipes was also criticized for not providIng up-to-date information on how many ballots remained uncounted and for processing 22 voided ballots that were accidentally mixed in with valid ones.”
"A long time coming'
Gov. Rick Scott suspends Broward County's controversial election supervisor, Brenda Snipes, from office for incompetence before she can quit earlyhttps://t.co/KqqSuEk9Wr
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 30, 2018
President Donald Trump recently mocked Snipes from his massive Twitter account.
“Brenda Snipes, in charge of voting in Broward County, Florida, was just spotted wearing a beautiful dress with 300 I VOTED signs on it,” he tweeted. “Just kidding, she is a fine, very honorable and highly respected voting tactician!”
Brenda Snipes, in charge of voting in Broward County, Florida, was just spotted wearing a beautiful dress with 300 I VOTED signs on it. Just kidding, she is a fine, very honorable and highly respected voting tactician!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2018
Clearly, he was being sarcastic.
This time, in Florida, someone was held accountable for the disgrace that occurred during the elections.