As we look back and see how the Broward County Supervisor of Elections’ Office
has evolved, we see the importance of our office and how imbedded it is into our history.
Supervisors of Elections
Mr. Dewitt Tenbrook
H. Menifee 1918-1921
J. Singleton 1921-1929
Mrs. Easter Lily Gates
Ms. Jane Carroll 1969 - 2001
Ms. Miriam Oliphant 2001 - 2003
Dr. Brenda Snipes 2003 – present
The man seated in the foreground is Frank Curcie (his
Hallandale home is now restored as a community center), the men standing
left to right are: Unidentified, Unidentified, August Gieges,
Unidentified, Henry Gieges, John Hart.
The man seated in the foreground is Frank Curcie (his Hallandale home is now restored as a community center), the men standing left to right are: Unidentified, Unidentified, August Gieges, Unidentified, Henry Gieges, John Hart.
Picture above: "From the collections of the Broward County Historical Commission"
|Ms. Easter Lily Gates served for 40 years as Supervisor of Elections of Broward County. She was also the first woman bus driver in the county. She went into politics just 9 years after women got the vote. Hats were her trademark. Without a car, she walked the length of the county, courting the 5,000 voters in 1929.|
|Easter Lily Gates images from the collection of the "Broward County Historical Commission and Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Easter Lily Gates Collection, Fort Lauderdale"|
|Ms. Jane Carroll oversaw 200 elections in her time. She served as Supervisor of Election for 32 years. Her office did institute a kiddie ballot program in which kindergarteners learned about democracy, by voting for a class pet, dog or cat on actual voting machines—this program went national.|
Ms. Miriam Oliphant was the Supervisor of Elections from January 2001, when she was
elected to that position by over 65% of the votes, to November 2003. The touch
screen machines were first used during her tenure.
Picture Left: Ms. Miriam Oliphant
Dr. Brenda C. Snipes was appointed in 2003 as Supervisor of Elections by the governor
of Florida, and has been re-elected three times to that position.
She believes in the importance of education and recently under her tenure, the Broward
County Supervisor of Elections office has received a National Award for its partnership
with Broward County Schools.
Picture Right: Dr. Brenda C. Snipes
This webpage was created in partnership with the Broward County Historical Commission and the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. To learn more about the history of Broward County and Fort Lauderdale, visit their websites at: