A temporary election employee was fired after she reported what she believed to be four Supervisor of Elections employees stuffing the ballot box.
“I looked through the door window and could clearly see four SOE employees sitting at a table. Each person had a stack of documents next to them on one side and another stack on the other side, and they were all writing something on each document. Eventually, an employee opened the door for me, and in a very hurried pace, allowed me in the room and told me to place my ballots on a different table. Once in the room, I could see the four SOE employees sitting at the same table actively filling out election ballots,” the unnamed employee wrote in a notarized affidavit obtained by the Independent Journal Review.
“Each had a stack of blank ballots to the right of them (about an inch high) and a stack of completed ballots to their left. There were perhaps a dozen in each completed stack. I could see that the bubbles on the right stack had not been filled in, while the bubbles on the left stack had been blackened in. I could also see the employees filling in the bubbles as they moved the ballots from right to left. I witnessed this activity for over a minute,” she wrote.
She didn’t express her concerns to her supervisors right away but perhaps she had seen too much because when she returned to work the next day she was told she was fired and to never return to the building, according to IJ Review.
The Broward State Attorney’s office released a statement on Friday that dismissed the accusations of impropriety.
“It was determined that the ballots were being completed by SOE staff on behalf of overseas military personnel who had voted by faxing their ballots to the election office,” it wrote. “The fax paper does not scan into the voting machines and the votes must be transferred onto a ballot that can be scanned. State law allows such a transfer of vote to a computer ballot.”
The county’s Supervisor of Elections, Brenda Snipes, a Democrat whose office has been beleaguered by allegations of voter fraud and impropriety by state GOP officials, had a different explanation for why the workers were filling out ballots, IJ Review reported.
Snipes said that what the whistleblower witnessed was actually SOE staff members replicating damaged ballots by copying information from those problem ballots onto fresh ones. The whistleblower did not mention a third stack of ballots which would have been needed if one was transcribing. There was also no mention of any canvassing board monitors being present at the time this was done, which would have been required.
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