As Donald Trump continues to claim the election process is rigged, more evidence mounts validating his claims. The latest is this report out of Broward County Florida–a very important swing state in this election.
An election volunteer has filed a sworn affidavit that states she witnessed four Supervisor of Elections (SOE) employees filling in piles of blank absentee ballots. Could this be one of the smoking guns Trump keeps referring to?
The Broward County State Attorney’s Office confirmed that this is under review by their investigators. Florida Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said the whistleblower actually witnessed SOE staff members “replicating damaged ballots.” This process entails copying information from a damaged ballot onto a clean one.
Yet this explanation doesn’t fit with what the complaint describes. For one, there was no mention of a canvassing board monitor, which would have been required for oversight.
A statement from the Broward State Attorney’s office released Friday stated “there is nothing illegal or improper about the conduct.”
“It was determined that the ballots were being completed by SOE staff on behalf of overseas military personnel who had voted by faxing their ballots to the election office. The fax paper does not scan into the voting machines and the votes must be transferred onto a ballot that can be scanned. State law allows such a transfer of vote to a computer ballot.”
The volunteer described what she’d witnessed this way:
I looked through the door window and could clearly see four SOE employees sitting at a table. Each person had a stack of documents next to them on one side and another stack on the other side, and they were all writing something on each document. Eventually an employee opened the door for me, and in a very hurried pace, allowed me in the room and told me to place my ballots on a different table. Once in the room, I could see the four SOE employees sitting at the same table actively filling out election ballots.
Each had a stack of blank ballots to the right of them (about an inch high) and a stack of completed ballots to their left. There were perhaps a dozen in each completed stack. I could see that the bubbles on the right stack had not been filled in, while the bubbles on the left stack had been blackened in. I could also see the employees filling in the bubbles as they moved the ballots from right to left. I witnessed this activity for over a minute.
Filling in empty bubbles isn’t the same as transferring information. And this isn’t the first time Broward County has had voting issues. Readers of a certain age will remember the “hanging chad.”
The day after witnessing this event, the volunteer was terminated and ordered to leave by security.
When I returned from lunch at 12:30, I was met by a uniformed security guard at the SOE entrance and told that I had been terminated, and was forced to immediately turn over my SOE credentials. I was warned that I was no longer welcomed in the SOE building and that I should never return. I was given no explanation for this action.