The saga of the Florida electoral mess is moving into its third week now, while the rest of the nation patiently waits for the Sunshine State to get its act together.
The animosity on both sides of the aisle in Florida has been incredibly disheartening throughout the process, with a number of wild accusations being tossed about.
Throw in a few instances of lost votes turning up in the darnedest places, and we have a recipe for disaster and distrust.
Now, as a manual hand-counting of the ballots commences, even this simplest of tasks has proven too difficult for the Broward County crew.
Broward County on Friday began its manual recount one hour later than originally scheduled for in the state’s U.S. Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D)-FL) and Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL).Trending:
The Miami Herald‘s Alex Harris reported Broward County’s election office, overseen by embattled Supervisor of Elections official Brenda Snipes, only began training voter counters at 7:40 a.m., though the manual recount was scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. Harris shared a photo to Twitter of the scene inside the office with vote counters sitting in pairs equipped with color-marked bins to separate votes.
Snipes has been under intense scrutiny over the course of this debacle thanks to her frank and uncaring attitude and poor body language.
This mess also represents an unfortunate trend for Broward county, whose Sheriff’s Department was the nucleus of criticism after their inexcusable lack of effort when it came to the Parkland high school shooting perpetrated by Nikolas Cruz, a young man known as a potential school shooter. Furthermore, the officers who responded to the scene while the shooting was still occurring demonstrated extreme cowardice in their actions on that day, allowing the shooting itself to end before entering the premises to confront Cruz.