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by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 12, 2018) — In his opening statement Monday night, FNC host Sean Hannity said that his sources have informed him that a criminal investigation has been opened into possible election fraud in Palm Beach and Broward Counties in southern Florida.
Neither Palm Beach nor Broward County provided timely ballot counts in accordance with state law on Election Day, which was November 6, and both have reported “finding” thousands of ballots said to have been uncounted that evening.
Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has been accused of, and admitted, to having destroyed paper backup ballots in the 2016 elections “illegally.”
Snipes, a Democrat, has reportedly also “lost” ballots in the past and combined provisional and verified ballots in protracted counting over the weekend.
At issue is the winner of the U.S. Senate seat held for the last 18 years by Democrat Bill Nelson, whose attorneys have reportedly objected to the removal of ballots cast by “non-citizens.”
Current Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who challenged Nelson for the seat, was declared the unofficial winner Tuesday night, but Nelson hired Perkins Coie lawyer Marc Elias and would not concede the race.
A veteran of election recounts, Elias said in 2013 that the process rarely changes the original declared outcome of a race. This time, however, Elias said that he sees his role as one in which his client ultimately is declared the winner.
“Sources have confirmed…a criminal investigation into election misconduct is now under way,” Hannity repeated at 9:10 p.m. EST, quoting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) after some 93,000 uncounted ballots were “found” after Election Day evening.