In 2016 Tim Canova decided to run against Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the Democratic primary. He lost but thought the results were a bit unusual because of the amount of ballots that were determined to be bad. He requested to make copies of the paper ballots as was his right and he found out that the original paper ballots had been tossed out. That was against both state and federal law. The state requires you to keep all paper ballots for 22 months after the election or get a court order, neither of which they did.
Supervisor Brenda Snipes obstructed Canova’s attempt to make copies and then had the originals destroyed after he made his request. So he sued Snipes and Broward County and on Tuesday Broward Circuit Judge Raag Singhal agreed with Canova that Snipes had committed obstruction in destroying the paper ballots. The State Attorney General’s office is sending in observers as is the DHS to make sure federal and state laws are abided with. Broward County has a history of electoral shenanigans.
A Nova Southeastern University law professor, Canova ran against Wasserman Schultz as Democrat in 2014 and is running again for the scandal ridden former DNC chair’s seat in 2018 as an independent.
His decision to drop his Democratic Party affiliation was influenced by the actions of local and state Democratic Parties.
“It reached a tipping point dealing with the ballot destruction from my previous primary against [Wasserman Schultz]. We discovered during the course of litigating in our efforts to inspect the ballots…that the Broward Supervisor of Elections completely destroyed all of the paper ballots while the litigation was pending, and in violation of federal law,” Canova told IVN. “When the party could not be bothered with investigating ballot destruction that has undermined people’s faith and confidence in the integrity of the system, to me it just became intolerable.”
He might have a better shot this time around since Bernie voters were screwed over by DWS in the presidential election.