2016 Affidavit: Broward County Election Worker Saw Empty Ballots Being Filled Out

By Rachel Alexander Published on November 13, 2018

Are election officials fraudulently filling out ballots? The election departments of Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach counties continue to find ballots that haven’t been counted yet. The new votes favor Democrats in two close major races, the U.S. Senate race and the governor’s race. 

One election worker swore that she saw this taking place two years ago. In 2016, Chelsey Marie Smith signed an affidavit attesting to observing employees at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections marking empty ballots. A temporary employee at SOE, she sorted ballots and delivered them to locations within the office.

Smith was afraid to report what she had seen for fear of retaliation.

Her supervisor asked her to take some absentee ballots to the “Pitney-Bowes room,” accessible only with a security number. When an employee let her in, she observed four people sitting at a table actively filling out blank election ballots. She observed this behavior for over a minute. She recognized one of the employees as Mary Hall

Smith went home and told her mother about what she had seen. She was afraid to report what she had seen for fear of retaliation. The next day, her supervisor fired without any explanation. She wrote up a notarized affidavit describing what she saw.

The Investigation

The Office of the State Attorney investigated. It concluded that the staff merely copied the votes on faxed ballots from the military overseas onto ballots for scanning.

But Smith did not see any faxed ballots. She said she saw one stack of unfilled ballots and another stack of marked ballots. This also doesn’t explain the firing, or why the ballot marking took place behind a locked door in the office. Did the SOE cover things up before the State Attorney got involved?

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At least 22 ballots have been cast illegally in Broward County during this year’s election. According to The Miami Herald, “Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes accidentally mixed the valid ballots with the invalid ones after she had initially removed the ballots from their envelopes.” And that was after reviewing merely 205 ballots.

Some people found ballot boxes left unattended. A citizen made a statement under penalty of perjury that Palm Beach County Elections filled out new ballots to replace damaged ones without allowing campaign representatives to witness the process of creating the new ballot as required by Florida law. SOE has been unable to tabulate and report ballots they have in their possession.

People saw ballots transported by private vehicles, which is illegal. The law requires they report results every 45 minutes. They aren’t. 

Judges Find Illegal Activity

A judge held that Snipes wrongfully denied the Scott campaign’s request for information. They asked for the total ballots cast and a breakdown of votes by absentee, early and Election Day vote categories.

Another judge ordered the Palm Beach County Elections Department to follow the law and submit “over-voted” and “under-voted” mail-in ballots for an open and public review before counting them. Palm Beach refuses to comply with the court order.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been tweeting constantly about the fishy ballots.

Broward County under Snipes has a history of election corruption. A judge ruled that she illegally destroyed ballots from the 2016 election even though a lawsuit was pending over them. Employees also secretly opened mail-in ballots.

Governor Rick Scott accused the Democrats of illegal activity. “I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida,” he said. “Their goal is to keep mysteriously finding votes until the election turns out the way they want.”

 

 

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  • Craig

    I cannot think of any argument or “proof” that would convince me that the vote tally in Broward Co. is not fraudulent.
    If I am not mistaken, that would be the same Broward Co. whose elected democratic sheriff ordered deputies to take cover while students were dying inside of the high school building.
    Broward Co. needs to wake up and get some good leadership.

    • Paul Blair

      No . You are not mistaken . The Broward County Sheriff who ordered the deputies to take cover or stand down during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre is Scott Israel , a Democrat . Broward County is corrupt beyond belief . This includes the corrupt Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes , a Democrat . You are correct . The citizens of Broward County need to wake up and get good leadership that will represent all not just a political party !

    • Paul

      I’m certain fraudulent votes have been counted all over California. The system is extremely easy to cheat.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    The disingenuous behavior of the left is stellar. You’d almost think they would support killing babies if it would help them “find” more votes !
    Oh wait, they already do – don’t they?!
    So how much of a stretch is it for them to fake votes …?!

  • Conservator

    Violations of election laws are documented Where. Are. The. Arrests??? Laws have apparently been violated. Why are those responsible and involved in this fraud not held accountable and prosecuted?

    • Much thanks to Rachel for the solid reporting. You can also find a lot of the incidents gathered together here: wwwdotfacebookdotcomslashbillsey777slashvideosslash478032876020552slash

  • Ken Abbott

    Without stricter enforcement and a willingness to take heat from progressives and their media allies, we won’t make any headway against people who believe that their ends justify any means.

  • Sure.
    Where are the arrests?

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