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Read the Broward County State Attorney Office's results regarding an inquiry into the processing of vote-by-mail ballots

For Immediate Release

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33301-3360    PHONE (954) 831-6955












DATE:            NOVEMBER  4, 2016

On November 3, 2016, Deputy Chief Investigator Tim Bronson and I met with Chelsey Marie Smith and Attorney Robert Nichols. Ms. Smith provided to us an affidavit wherein she testified that she observed four employees at the Supervisor of Elections Office filling out blank ballots, on October 31, 2016, in a secured room identified as the Pitney-Bowes room. She indicated that she was employed through a temporary employment agency and was working full-time at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections main office in Lauderhill, Florida. Ms. Smith further indicated that she was terminated by the Elections Office on November 1, 2016, and was not told the reason for her termination.

On November 4, 2016, Deputy Chief Investigator Bronson, Assistant State Attorney Whitney Mackay, and I met with the Supervisor of Elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes, at the Supervisor of Elections Office. After discussing the complaint with Dr. Snipes, we toured the facility, which included inspecting the Pitney-Bowes room. We met with Canvassing Board Member Judge John Frey and spoke with Supervisor of Elections employee Mary Hall, who is in charge of Absentee Ballots.

Dr. Snipes acknowledged that it was entirely possible that Ms. Smith observed what she described in her affidavit. Florida Statute 101.5614(5)(a) states:

If any vote-by-mail ballot is physically damaged so that it cannot properly be counted by the automatic tabulating equipment, a true duplicate copy shall be made of the damaged ballot in the presence of witnesses and substituted for the damaged ballot. Likewise, a duplicate ballot shall be made of a vote-by-mail ballot containing an overvoted race or a marked vote-by-mail ballot in which every race undervoted which shall include all valid votes as determined by the canvassing board based on rules adopted by the division pursuant to s. 102.166(4). All duplicate ballots shall be clearly labeled "duplicate," bear a serial number which shall be recorded on the defective ballot, and be counted in lieu of the defective ballot. After a ballot has been duplicated, the defective ballot shall be placed in an envelope provided for that purpose, and the duplicate ballot shall be tallied with the other ballots for that precinct.

Dr. Snipes explained that military personnel who are stationed overseas fax their ballots to the Elections Office. Since the ballots are on fax paper and not the same size as the ballots that are tabulated by the machines, the statute allows a duplicate ballot to be made so that it can be tabulated by the automated machines. Federallaw allows military personnel overseas to fax their ballots to the Election Offic

High School Early Voting Field Trips

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Broward County, FL (October 31,2016)- In January, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office with the cooperation and significant support of the Broward County Public Schools and numerous Private and Charter Schools conducted the annual High School Voter Registration (HSVR) Drive. During the week-long drive, a total of 11, 946 students pre-registered and registered to vote.


Over 16 Broward County high schools will be participating in early voting field trips over the next two days. Most of the students will be first time voters. The students will early vote at various locations across Broward County.


The Supervisor of Elections Office would like to congratulate all participating students for their commitment to becoming registered voters during the High School Voter Registration Week and engaging in the electoral process. 


Dr. Brenda C. Snipes

Broward County Supervisor of Elections

Media Contact:
 Tonya C. Edwards, MPA
 Public Information Officer
 954-712-1303/ 954-299-2937

Wilton Drive Temporarily Closed in Wilton Manors

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Broward County, FL (October 30, 2016)-Our office received confirmation from Broward Sheriff's Office that the Secret Service and Wilton Manors Police Department have closed Wilton Drive due to the impending arrival of Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton in the Wilton Manors area. The closure will last until approximately 4 pm today. Voters may be affected and should use the Art Serve/Ft Lauderdale Branch Library as an alternative early voting location until road reopens.


Art Serve/ Fort Lauderdale Branch Library

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. Rm 103

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304



 Media Contact:
 Tonya C. Edwards, MPA
 Public Information Officer





Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office


Dr. Brenda C. Snipes

Broward County Supervisor of Elections




Broward Voters are Breaking Records

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For Immediate Release

Broward Voters are Breaking Records


Broward County, FL. (Oct 25, 2016)—The Broward Supervisor of Elections Office is pleased to announce the first day of early voting was historical. Over 31,400 voters cast their ballot on Monday. First day early voting numbers have tripled since 2008. That is the highest number in a single day since the start of early voting in 2004.  On Oct. 4th, the office mailed out 173,000 vote by mail ballots. More than 86,000 have been voted and returned.

“These numbers are a good indication of a healthy democracy.” said Dr. Brenda Snipes, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office. “We want to assure voters they can vote with confidence. We have more sites, longer hours of operation, and shorter wait times.”

 The office received 24,000 voter registration applications during extended voter registration deadline. We encourage voters to check their voter status and track their vote by mail ballot. Go to our website: www.browardsoe.org and click on My Status located on the main page.

In other related issues, two voters reported that Amendment 2 was not on their ballots. The voters were issued new ballots. A total of more than 80,000 ballots have been processed. No other ballots have been confirmed to not have the Amendment 2 issue on the ballot.

Another voter received a ballot with poor print quality. The voter was not able to see the amendment. She notified the staff and was issued new ballot which she voted.


For any questions or concerns, please call the main office of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections at 954-357-7050.


Dr. Brenda C. Snipes, Supervisor of Elections


Media Contact: Tonya Edwards, 954-299-2937 tedwards@browardsoe.org

Broward Elections’ Office is Ready to Deliver Over 173,000 Vote-By-Mail Ballots

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Media Advisory


Broward Elections’ Office is Ready to Deliver

Over 173,000 Vote-By-Mail Ballots



Broward County, FL. (October 3, 2016) — On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, a semi-trailer truck from the U.S. Post Office will arrive at the Supervisor of Elections’ Voting Equipment Center.  Approximately 173,926 ballots with pre-paid return postage will be loaded on an eighteen wheeler for the trip to the Opa-Locka post office. The ballots will be mailed out to Broward voters for the General Election which takes place on November 8, 2016.


The media is invited to attend a viewing of the loading of the truck at the Supervisor of Elections’ Voting Equipment Center in Lauderhill.  Once the truck is loaded, to ensure the safety of the vote-by-mail ballots, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections and Florida Highway Patrol Troopers will escort the truck to the United States Post Office in Opa-Locka.


This event will be conducted as follows:


When:           Tuesday, October 4, 2016 10:00 a.m.



Where:           Supervisor of Elections Voting Equipment Center at Lauderhill Mall

                        1501 NW 40 Avenue, Lauderhill, FL 33313




Dr. Brenda C. Snipes, Supervisor of Elections



Media Contact:

Tonya Edwards (954)712-1303 tedwards@browardsoe.org

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115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 102
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Hours: M - F, 8:30am - 5pm
Phone: (954) 357-7050

Voting Equipment Center

1501 N.W. 40th Ave.
Lauderhill, FL 33313

Hours: M - F, 8:30am - 5pm
Phone: (954) 712-1903

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