Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes is being sued in Federal court for failing to maintain accurate voter rolls. Broward resident Andrea Bellitto and the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) are suing Snipes for violations of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Snipes is facing re-election in November.
The Plaintiffs claim Snipes, “has a federal obligation to maintain accurate and current voter rolls which contain the names of only eligible voters residing in Broward County.” The ACRU alleges Snipes has allowed Broward voter rolls to contain more names than the number of eligible residents. They claim US Census data proves their case.
According to publicly available data disseminated by the United States Census Bureau and the federal Election Assistance Commission, over the past several election cycles the voter rolls maintained by Defendant have contained either more total registrants than eligible voting-age citizens or, at best, an implausibly high number of registrants. According to this data, at the time of the 2014 general election, approximately 103% of the citizens of voting age were registered to vote and could cast a ballot in Broward County.
The ACRU claims Snipes received information on more than 200 residents from the Wynmoor retirement community who have died or no longer live there. Plaintiffs say Snipes has done nothing with thise information.
Defendant is responsible for allowing this circumstance to occur and persist. By failing to implement a program which takes reasonable steps to cure these circumstances, Defendant has violated NVRA and other federal list maintenance statutes.
The ACRU states Snipes’ inaction “has undermined the confidence of Florida’s properly registered voters… in the integrity of the voter registration rolls and, accordingly, has undermined the integrity of elections held across the State of Florida.”
In a February 2016 to the ACRU, Snipes claimed “[a]t no time during my tenure, which began in November 2003, has the number of registered voters outnumbered the live persons residing in Broward County.”
You can read the full lawsuit here.