(National Sentinel)Â Massive Hypocrisy: The state of Florida has massive problems with its electoral processes, but most of them are caused by humans ignoring state law.
We’ve seen how election supervisors in Democrat-heavy counties like Broward and Palm Beach bend and even break the rules in ways that they hope will eventually lead to Democratic victories at the state and federal level.
But now there are reports that an election supervisor in a heavily-Republican county has also allegedly broken the rules in order to allow fewer than 200 people displaced by recent storms to cast ballots — by email and by fax.
TheÂ Miami HeraldÂ is reporting that Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark AndersenÂ saidÂ earlier this week that 11 ballots have been accepted by email and 147 were faxed in, despite the fact that Florida law only allows those serving in the military overseas to use these methods of voting.
Andersen told the paper that all the ballots he accepted have been verified by signature and voters were required to sign an oath attesting to their authenticity.
â€œIf I can validate it with a signature, the ballot is there, how is that different than a ballot that comes in through the post office?â€ the Panhandle election official said.Â â€œWhen devastation happens, leaders rise to the top and make decisions,â€ he added. â€œI will not change my mind on this, not for these voters.â€
Well, it’s different becauseÂ the law says you can’t accept those ballots.
The Herald reported thatÂ Gov. Rick Scott issued anÂ executive order in mid-October giving election supervisors in Bay County and other counties impacted by Michael authority to extend early voting days and set up additional early voting locations.
However, the order did not allow for voting by fax or email.
But we get it. Andersen simply wanted to make sureÂ every vote counts — just like the Democrats have been screaming for days as they work to steal election day victories from Scott and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis. And in his case, we’re just talking about 150-odd votes.
So, Democrats should be happy that Andersen counted ‘every vote,’ right?
Democrats, led by gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, are outraged –Â outraged! — at Andersen’s actions, even though they are insisting thatÂ thousands of votes that have mysteriously appeared and haveÂ not been verified are counted.
Speaking at an African American church in Boynton Beach in Palm Beach County north of Miami, on Monday night, Gillum expressed anger that Anderson dared to violate election laws by allowing approximately 150 Floridians to vote by fax or email,Â The Associated PressÂ reported.
â€œThese are the stories that we know,â€ Gillum said. â€œImagine the ones that we donâ€™t.â€
He’s kidding, right? Got to be. Only…he isn’t. Bending the law during elections is only okay if you’re a Democrat, apparently.
POTUS Donald TrumpÂ tweetedÂ late last week, â€œMayor Gillum conceded on Election Day and now Broward County has put him â€˜back in play.â€™ Bill Nelson conceded Election â€” now heâ€™s back in play!? This is an embarrassment to our County and to Democracy!â€
What’s embarrassing to democracy is not counting every vote — and you, of course.
Count every vote. https://t.co/ZfrBBcymrg
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) November 9, 2018
Gillum added in another tweet, â€œMr. @FLGovScott â€” counting votes isnâ€™t partisan â€” itâ€™s democracy.â€
Sure it is, Mayor Gillum. It’sÂ extremelyÂ partisan.
Florida has a lot of work to do to reaffirm the integrity of its electoral systems and restore the public’s confidence in outcomes. That won’t happen as long as officials on both sides of the political aisle treat election law as mere suggestions.
As for Democrats — in Florida and around the country — there is no such thing as a ‘fair’ election. There is only victory atÂ any cost.
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