In September of this year, our law firm announced a public corruption investigation of the events surrounding the election held in August of 2018 in Broward County. Since that time, we have received information about the activities of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office (“SOE”) and other agencies and individuals. Because of the discrepancies and irregularities that have occurred with the November election, we have expanded our investigation to include that election as well.
THE VOTERS OF BROWARD COUNTY NEED TO SPEAK UP AND DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY AND CHANGE
The issue of election fraud and corruption in Broward County is not new. In 2011 and 2012, it was alleged that politicians were using ballot “mules” to skew voting results. It was the Broward County Mayor who sounded the alarm about these mules in 2012. However, nothing was done.
Then in 2016, Tim Canova, a candidate for the congressional seat held by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, lost and demanded access to certain original voting ballots. After intense litigation, Canova learned that the ballots he was seeking had been illegally destroyed by SOE months earlier. A judge ruled in his favor on that issue and essentially found that Brenda Snipes, head of SOE, had illegally signed off on the destruction of the ballots, which is a felony. Nothing has ever been done to Snipes for this violation of law. WHO IS PROTECTING BRENDA SNIPES AND HER CO-CONSPIRATORS?
Now it is 2018. Two elections in a matter of months have produced a host of problems with the integrity of the electoral process in Broward. It has also raised other issues about public officials trying to influence the voter base and results.
We feel it is important that Broward voters know some of the things we have been told by whistleblowers. To say it is disturbing is an understatement. But we want Broward voters to become activists for change and to stop the corruption of public officials and push for accountability. So we are sharing some of the information provided to us by whistleblowers as examples of how bad things really are in Broward and how some politicians and law enforcement agencies seems to be turning their head the other way to this corruption which has gone on for years.
EXAMPLES OF BALLOT FRAUD AND CORRUPTION::
The West Broward Democratic Club held an event in Sunrise in August of 2018. They passed out a list of “Featured Honored Guests.” Included among those guests were Laurie Rich Levinson and Donna Korn who were running for the School Board which is supposed to be a non-partisan race. Levinson and Korn were listed at the end of a long list of Democratic politicians who were running for partisan positions in the same election.
In both August and November, after the polls closed, thousands of ballots were “discovered” by SOE. No reasonable explanation has ever been given for what appears to be a “habit” of SOE of finding more ballots after voting has closed. Most of the supervisors at SOE have been there more than a decade. They can’t possibly be that incompetent so one must conclude this is a deliberate attempt to influence the results of various races after the fact.
Voters show up at the polls to vote and are told that they have already voted when they haven’t.
Voters moved out of state months ago. They registered in their new state. They voted in their new state. They happened to check the SOE website and found that they are shown as having voted in Broward in the last two elections, which they did not.
Mail in ballots are supposedly returned to the SOE and marked “undeliverable” however, the voter received their mail-in ballot, voted and mailed it back.
For the November election, part time workers were hired to open mail in ballots. They were paid $10 an hour. They first were going to open the ballots at the printer’s office who prints the ballots for SOE. Then the first day of the process, the location for opening the ballots was moved to the SOE office in Lauderhill. Supposedly workers were selected by word of mouth referral. No idea if a background check was run or any other vetting process occurred for these workers.
Voters completed mail in ballots and mailed them in. They do not show up on the SOE website as having voted.
Voters made mistakes on ballots and were told by SOE reps at the polls to cross it out and make the change and the ballot would still count. Voters have checked and the SOE website either shows no ballot was cast or that it was “provisional.”
BSO had civil rights lawyers come in this week to talk to prisoners who did not receive absentee ballots so that the lawyers could file civil rights complaints. Absentee ballots for some inmates showed up this week at the jail after voting was closed. No explanation as to why. No idea if the prisoners had requested them. No idea if some of the prisoners who received the late absentee ballots were already convicted felons.
Over 20,000 voters had problems with their mail in ballots for the November election.
Voter voted early via mail. Voter received notice that vote was not counted due to signature mismatch. Voter went to their voting station and was told to disregard the notice because SOE had changed their mind.
Voter goes on SOE website and sees that it says they voted-but they didn’t.
Several precincts had workers handing out “cheat sheets” of who to vote for on election day.
Voters say that their ballot did not contain the name of some candidates or some races at all.
Voters who are registered Republicans are given Democratic ballots and told they will have to contact SOE after the election to change it.
Some polls were inaccessible by voters on election day.
Some polls were closed during voting hours when voters went to vote on election day.
SOE claims some ballots were kicked out by machines so they duplicated the ballots themselves and ran them through the machine again. What happened to the first ballots? Were they kept? Did anyone audit these “duplicate” ballots?
Voting is closed yet SOE Snipes does not know how many ballots are left to count and does not disclose why ballots are still left to count.
Is it unknown whether felons or dead people voted in August or November but we are looking into that. That has happened in other elections.
Yet after all of this FDLE says there is no “credible allegations of fraud” in the voting process. Well then what is all this evidence of? Broward County voters have lost control of their own election process. This must stop.
WE APPLAUD ATTORNEY GENERAL PAM BONDI FOR CALLING FOR A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF BOTH BROWARD AND PALM BEACH SOES. WE ENCOURAGE ATTORNEY GENERAL BONDI TO ENSURE THAT THIS INVESTIGATION INCLUDES THE SOE EMPLOYEES, CANVASSING BOARDS, AND THEIR ATTORNEYS, CONTRACTORS AND VENDORS AS WELL AS PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PART OF THIS ORGANIZED SCHEME TO DEFRAUD FLORIDA VOTERS. THESE PEOPLE NEED TO BE INDICTED, CONVICTED AND IMPRISONED FOR THEIR CRIMES. NO MORE EXCUSES!
Our law firm will continue to investigate the irregularities and discrepancies surrounding the voting process in Broward County. We encourage witnesses and whistleblowers with information on these activities to contact Cathy Lerman via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 954-332-1143.