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Broward Misses Recount Deadline by 2 Minutes…An “Oops” or Was It Intentional?

FoxNews.com reports that

A Broward election official said late Thursday that the county had uploaded the results of its recount two minutes after the state’s 3 p.m. deadline – making its machine recount tally void. Instead, the county’s results from last Tuesday’s election will stand until manual recount totals in the state’s closely contested Senate race come in Sunday at noon.

In another direct accusation of deliberate misconduct by Florida election officials, GOP Senate candidate Rick Scott’s campaign accused embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes of intentionally submitting late results to invalidate them. In the recount, Scott’s Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, lost more votes than Scott — a net gain of 779 for Scott.

The news of the bungled ballot count comes after Snipes boasted about never missing a deadline.

“We are excited to be at this point,” she said Thursday afternoon.

Later, Snipes acknowledged that “the results were in progress when I came out and made” that statement.

“An election like the one we just finished almost has so many moving parts and so many components,” Snipes said. “I’m pleased that we were able to accomplish what we did accomplish in the period of time that was available.”

Meanwhile, in the Florida governor’s race, Republican candidate Ron DeSantis holds a sizable 33,683-vote lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum following the machine recount, a margin high enough under state law to avoid a mandatory manual recount. Gillum, who gained only 1 vote on DeSantis in the recount, still has not conceded in the race.

As of the 3 p.m. deadline for a machine recount of three close statewide contests, nearly all of Florida’s 67 counties —except Palm Beach and Hillsborough counties — had reported updated results.

“Basically, I just worked my ass off for nothing,” said Joseph D’Alessandro, Broward County’s election planning and development director.

D’Alessandro said he had a hard time uploading the results because he wasn’t familiar with the website used to send them to the secretary of state.

“We uploaded to the state two minutes late so the state has chosen not to use our machine recount results,” D’Alessandro said in the surprise announcement. “They are going to use our first unofficial results as our second unofficial results.”

Broward has been under the microscope since the recount was ordered Saturday, and Thursday’s mistake is just the latest in a series of missteps for the largely Democratic county. Last week, a judge sided with Scott’s campaign in a lawsuit in which he alleged Snipes had violated state public records law and the Florida Constitution by withholding critical ballot information.

Earlier this year, a judge found that Snipes had illegally destroyed ballots in a 2016 congressional contest, leading the secretary of state’s office to assign election monitors to supervise her office.

“It would have been both surprising and shocking if they had actually started [the recount] on time and completed it on time,” Cathy Lerman, principal of the Lerman Law Firm in Florida, told Fox News.

…Since the recall was officially ordered on Saturday, Broward elections staff have had to sort through more than 3.5 million pages of ballots before they actually started to count votes. Several counties, like Miami-Dade, planned ahead and finished much faster than Broward.

…Now that the machine recount deadline has passed, counties will have until noon on Sunday Nov. 18 to submit results from a manual recount in the Senate race between Nelson and Scott.

“We have been the laughingstock of the world, election after election,” Judge Mark E. Walker, the Obama-appointed chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, said Thursday. “Yet we still chose not to fix it.”

There is a reason for that, Judge.

The Democrats do not want it fixed.

They are masters at “winning elections” by “any means necessary”.

Case in point, the 1991 Mayoral Election in my hometown of Memphis, TN

Willie Herenton is elected mayor – the first African-American elected mayor in Memphis history. Herenton upsets incumbent Dick Hackett by 142 votes, the closest margin in a mayor’s race under the mayor-council form of government, but not the closest in the much-longer history of Memphis mayoral elections under various forms of municipal government.

The election also sees the election of an African-American majority to the 13-member Memphis City Council. It is a tumultuous election night in which the vote count goes past midnight. The Shelby County Election Commission before and after this election had always released absentee votes first. In this case, the absentee vote totals are not added until the election day totals had been tabulated. The delay prompts several hundred Herenton supporters gathered at The Peabody to come to the Downtown offices of the election commission. They follow U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Sr., with a Hackett team of advisers arriving as well to oversee the absentee vote count. Herenton went on to become the longest-serving Memphis mayor, resigning July 30, 2009.

…with the FBI in the middle of a huge graft and corruption investigation of the Mayor and his Administration.

Under Herenton, the Memphis Municipal Government grew faster than Rosie O’Donnell at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

And, my hometown has never recovered.

The bad thing is…Dr. W.W. Herenton has announced that he plans to run for mayor again in the next election.

Do you see a pattern here, gentle readers?

Do you remember the word that Democrats have loved to use for decades now, “disenfranchised”?

Democrats use it to describe a group of American citizens whom they feel they are being left out of the mainstream or have had their rights violated, on purpose, usually by the big bad Republicans.

In the case of extending elections past Election Day, the Democrats use the word “disenfranchised” in order to make sure that every vote counts, even if they have to manufacture them.

The fact of the matter is that what the Democrats are doing by extending these elections and discovering new votes, does not make all voters equal, it gives the Democrats an unfair advantage.

The Democrats are actually disenfranchising those American citizens who have voted legally by showing up to the polls on Election Day or voting early.

Not that they care, of course.

Just as they did during the Kavanaugh Hearings, the Democratic Party, whether their actions in Florida Georgia, and Arizona are actually all part of a dry run to prepare for the 2020 Presidential Election or not, are showing Americans who they really are.

Democrats are not the party of the Middle Class anymore. Not by a long shot.

They are a political party of Far Left Socialists who believe in the words of the Russian Tyrant Joseph Stalin, who said,

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

And that, gentle readers, is the difference between Socialism and a Constitutional Republic. Under Marxism, those in power decide. Under our form of government, WE DECIDE.

Or, at least, we are supposed to.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 
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Do you ever feel helpless about what's going on? Do you turn the sound down when a member of "The Resistance" speaks? Do you talk back to the television? I understand fully. My blog contains the views of a 60 year old Christian American Conservative. I was raised by members of The Greatest Generation. My father landed at Normandy. I love this country. By the way, how did that Hopey-Changey Thing work out for ya?

I have been writing daily since April of 2010. I enjoy researching and sharing my thoughts with you. It is a privilege and it beats the heck out of punching a hole in the wall.

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KJ

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