The West Regional Library in Plantation remains the top polling location through five days of early voting in Broward. Just 19,205 residents have cast ballots since early voting started last Saturday. On Wednesday, 3,799 votes were cast.
The Tamarac Library had a strong showing on Wednesday with 295 votes cast. The Miramar Library cracked the top 5 with 282 votes.
Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes appears to be promoting her re-election campaign with literature purchased by Broward County taxpayers. On Friday evening, Snipes attended the Emerge USA political candidate forum in Sunrise, Florida. Snipes and her challenger, David Brown, had a few minutes to address the audience.
While Snipes spoke, Fred Bellis, one of her chief lieutenants at SOE, recorded her speech. Snipes’ use of SOE employees at campaign events has come under fire before. Bellis was sporting a Snipes campaign sticker.
In a table at the back of the room, candidates placed their mailers and palm cards for attendees to take. Nearly all of these pieces were paid for with campaign funds.
Except for the literature placed on table by Snipes.
Snipes placed sample ballots printed by the Supervisor of Elections office. Snipes gets money to print these sample ballots from Broward County taxpayers, not campaign donors and lobbyists.
The pieces used by Snipes are intended to educate voters about the candidates and issues on the August ballot. It is not supposed to promote Snipes’ re-election.
Snipes’ campaign did not present any other pieces of campaign literature.
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Dave Brown, Democrat candidate for Broward County Supervisor of Elections, was denied an opportunity to speak at the Women Of Color Empowerment Institute Candidate Forum even though his opponent was given a prominent speaking role. Brown is challenging Brenda Snipes, the current Supervisor of Elections. The Women of Color group was organized by Snipes’ legal counsel, Burnadette Norris-Weeks. Snipes is a member of the Women of Color group.
In an exclusive interview with REDBROWARD, Brown said organizers denied him a speaking opportunity because the Supervisor of Elections race was not on the agenda. Snipes was on the agenda. She spoke more than two minutes about the upcoming elections. Her speech was recorded by Fred Bellis, another high ranking official who works for Snipes.
Making Snipes’ bush league move even more troubling, the public forum was held in a library owned by Broward taxpayers.
Broward deserves a Supervisor of Elections who does not play games with public forums. We deserve a Supervisor of Elections Office that protects free speech and welcomes debate.