Florida Governor Suspends Embattled Election Official

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Weeks after securing his Senate election victory in a protracted ballot recount process, outgoing Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an order late Friday suspending embattled Broward County Supvisor of Elections Brenda C. Snipes, who had already turned in her resignation. The governor cited “misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty” for his action. The governor appointed Peter Antonacci to replace Snipes, who drew wide criticism in the days following Florida’s Nov. 6 election by President Trump and others who referred to “the Broward effect” in creating uncertainty over the election results, but particularly with respect to Scott’s race against long-time Florida Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson.