In Florida, An Overwhelmingly Republican County Allowed Voters To Vote By Email

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About 150 people in Bay County, Florida were permitted to vote via email, in violation of the state's election law.

Broward County, Florida elections supervisor Brenda Snipes is currently the subject of much Republican rage, as the accusations continue to fly over her handling of the midterm elections, and the specter of rampant voter fraud has been raised.

So far, no evidence has been discovered showing that Snipes broke the law, even if she made mistakes along the way.

But in another Florida county — one that does not lean Democrat — the elections supervisor admitted to breaking state election law.

From The Week:

> In heavily Republican Bay County, however, election supervisor Mark Andersen acknowledged Monday that he had allowed some voters to cast their ballots over email, which is not allowed under state law.


> Bay County was hit hard by Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10, and Scott issued an executive order on Oct. 18 extending early voting and expanding more voting locations in the eight affected counties. His order, The Associated Pressreports, explicitly prohibited votes being returned by email or fax. Andersen defended his decision to let 150 people scan their ballots and email them in, telling NBC affiliate WJHG/WECP, "If you want to turn around and take away these votes away from voters because it's not the normal prescribed issue, I would just say you ought to be ashamed of yourself because what we did is take care of voters."


> Democrat Andrew Gillum, whose race against Republican Ron DeSantis is being recounted, was not moved. "These are the stories that we know," he said Monday evening. "Imagine the ones that we don't." Democrats have filed their own lawsuits, including one by Sen. Bill Nelson (D) seeking to force the counting of mail-in ballots postmarked before Election Day but not delivered in time.

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