I (Michele Hickford) am having a sickening case of déjà vu all over again. Four years ago, I was the press secretary for then-Congressman Allen West’s election campaign in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. Election night 2012 was a miserable evening. We watched America (gladly, it seemed) vote for four more years of Barack Obama and his disastrous policies, and watched the vote count for Col. West swing dramatically from what looked like a solid win to the narrowest of losses within about 15 minutes. I won’t rehash the twists and turns related to the recount and the ultimate result, but suffice to say, it left all of us with a very bad taste regarding the credibility of Supervisor of Elections offices in more than one Florida county.
And here we go again? While early voting counts for Donald Trump appear to be significantly ahead of where they were for Mitt Romney (based on party affiliation) there’s still that nagging feeling all won’t be kosher.
This story from the Florida county where I reside (Broward) doesn’t help alleviate that particular feeling at all.
A Florida elections worker has filed an affidavit with the state saying she was fired after witnessing what she alleges was voter fraud with absentee ballots.
— Mike Cernovich ?? (@Cernovich) November 4, 2016
Newsmax reports, According to the affidavit, the former employee alleged that on Monday about 8:30 p.m. she had been told to take a stack of absentee ballot forms to what is known as the Pitney-Bowes Room at the Supervisor of Elections (SOE) office in Lauderhill, Fla.
Through the locked door’s window, she saw four workers sitting at a table in the room with “stacks of documents and writing something,” according to the affidavit.
She knocked on the door — and an SOE worker opened the door, took the stack from her “and closed the door,” she alleged. “The employee seemed very rushed.”
When the former employee returned a short time later with a second stack, the woman was allowed into the room.
“I could see the four SOE employees sitting at the same table actively filling out election ballots,” she said in the affidavit. Each worker “had a stack of blank ballots to the right of them … and a stack of completed ballots to their left.”
“I was then told to leave the room by one of the employees at the table,” she said in the affidavit.
The former employee said that she did not initially report what she had seen “to anyone at the SOE because of fear of retaliation.”
The woman said she saw the workers “filling in the bubbles” on the ballots. The following day, when she returned from lunch, she was greeted by a uniformed security guard who informed her she had been fired.
You can read the full affidavit here.
In a preliminary memorandum provided to Newsmax late Friday, Assistant State Attorney Timothy Donnelly said that office personnel met with Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes earlier Friday at her office.
Donnelly is head of the office’s special prosecutions and public corruption unit.
Snipes told investigators that the former employee most likely observed the four SOE workers filling out duplicates of faxed originals from military personnel.
Under Florida law, Snipes said that “true duplicate” copies of physically damaged vote-by-mail ballots can be made by SOE personnel.
“Since the ballots are on fax paper and not the same size as the ballots that are tabulated by the machines, the statue allows a duplicate ballot to be made so that it can be tabulated by the automated machines,” Donnelly wrote.
“The faxed ballots are preserved and kept available for inspection.”
“The witnesses’ recollection was that all of the documents on the table were the same size,” he said. “The affidavit says that all of the documents were the same size.
“The explanation that they were creating duplicates from faxes, and that the faxes were on different-sized papers, does not comport with what this person saw.
“What Dr. Snipes says does not seem to match what is contained in the affidavit,” Nichols told Newsmax, “but, again, that’s up to the State Attorney’s office to figure out.”
Want to place any bets on whether or not they’ll figure it out before tomorrow?
Oh and regarding the documents the election worker says she saw, it apparently once again appears size matters.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]