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Brenda Snipes
Dr.
Brenda Snipes, Broward County Supervisor of Elections, at the
Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office on November 18,
2018 in Lauderhill, Florida.

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  • In a late-night tweet, President Donald trump
    referenced a meme circulated by conservative groups and took
    aim at Brenda Snipes, the Broward County Supervisor of
    Elections in Florida.
  • In the meme, Snipes is covered with “I Voted” stickers,
    suggesting she played a role in the unsubstantiated claims of
    rampant voter fraud.
  • The 2018 midterm elections in Florida were scrutinized
    after Democratic candidates began cutting into the Republican’s
    lead and triggered recounts, fueling rumors of voter
    fraud.

In a late-night tweet on Tuesday, President Donald Trump
referenced a meme circulated by conservative groups and took aim
at Brenda Snipes, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections in
Florida.

“Brenda Snipes, in charge of voting in Broward County, Florida,
was just spotted wearing a beautiful dress with 300 I VOTED signs
on it,” Trump tweeted Friday.

“Just kidding, she is a fine, very honorable and highly respected
voting tactician!,” he added.

Trump appeared to be referring to a meme that was circulated by
conservative personalities, including former Arkansas governor
and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee:

Read more:
The Broward County, Florida election boss reportedly resigned
hours after the closely-watched recount

The meme alluded to rumors of voter fraud in Florida during the
2018 gubernatorial race, where Republican Ron DeSantis faced off
with Democrat Andrew Gillum, and Republican Rick Scott challenged
Democrat Bill Nelson in the US Senate race.

Voting in Florida, which was infamously beset with high-profile
election mishaps in the 2000 presidential election, was under the
spotlight again this year, after Gillum and Nelson began cutting
into DeSantis’ and Scott’s leads, respectively. Both races were
close, triggering recounts.

Broward County, in particular, was singled out after it was slow
to report its vote counts and was unable to account for more than
2,000 misplaced ballots. Snipes, the leading election
official in the county, was accused by right-wing personalities
of rigging the system to benefit Democratic candidates.

“Rick Scott was up by 50,000+ votes on Election Day, now they
‘found’ many votes and he is only up 15,000 votes,” Trump
claimed, days after the ballots were cast. “‘The Broward Effect.’
How come they never find Republican votes?”

“They are here to change the results of election,” Republican
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida alleged in a tweet. “[Broward County]
is where they plan to do it.”

Republican candidates and the party at large pushed
unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud during the 2018 midterms.
Trump previously claimed, without evidence, that due to three to
five million illegal votes, he lost the popular vote in the 2016
US presidential election to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“We should be careful what we say,” Florida Circuit Chief Judge
Jack Tuter said to
The Washington Post
, after finding no evidence of voter fraud
in his state.

“These words mean things these days, as everybody in the room
knows.”

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