Judge: Embattled Florida election head needs to be heard

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida federal judge says former Gov. and current U.S. Sen. Rick Scott violated a former state election official’s constitutional rights when he suspended her without first allowing her to make her own case.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled Wednesday that newly inaugurated Gov. Ron DeSantis must grant former Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes a “meaningful opportunity to be heard” regarding her suspension.

Snipes came under fire during the contentious recount that followed the 2018 elections. She planned to resign in January, but Scott immediately suspended her in late November.

Walker ruled that Scott’s decision violated Snipes’ due process rights. Walker wrote, “Flagrantly disregarding (Snipes’) constitutional rights fits into an unfortunate rhythm for Scott.”

Attorneys for Scott had argued he had the authority to remove her from office. Neither Scott nor DeSantis immediately commented on the decision.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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