Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes submits resignation

Snipes to step down from post in January, attorney says

By Associated Press, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - An embattled county elections official in Florida will be resigning early next year.

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes turned in her resignation letter Sunday to Gov. Rick Scott.

Local 10 News obtained a copy of the letter Monday from the Florida Department of State, which stated that Snipes' last day in her position would be Jan. 4.

"Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch," Snipes wrote. 

Snipes has been the top elections official in the South Florida county since 2003 when then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her. She came under withering criticism for her handling of this year's elections in the populous county as well as its legally required recount in close races for governor and U.S. Senate.

On Saturday, Snipes acknowledged that her office had misplaced more than 2,000 ballots during the recount.

She couldn't immediately be reached late Sunday for comment on the report.

Scott, who has the power to remove Snipes from office, was among those sharply critical of Snipes.

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