Gov. Rick Scott suspends Broward County Supervisor of Elections, FSU grad appointed

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Posted at 7:00 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 14:07:43-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida Governor Rick Scott has suspended Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes from office immediately "for misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty." 

Citing "widespread issues with voting in Broward County," Governor Rick Scott issued an order on Friday to immediately suspend Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes from office for misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty.

“Every eligible voter in Florida deserves their vote to be counted and should have confidence in Florida’s elections process," Scott said in a statement. "After a series of inexcusable actions, it’s clear that there needs to be an immediate change in Broward County and taxpayers should no longer be burdened by paying a salary for a Supervisor of Elections who has already announced resignation."

The Governor has appointed Peter Antonacci to serve as Supervisor of Elections in Broward County. Antonacci will serve for the remainder of the term until a replacement can be chosen by voters in November 2020.

"I know that Pete will be solely focused on running free and fair elections, will not be running for election and will bring order and integrity back to this office,” Scott said.

A Florida State grad, Antonacci attended Hialeah High School and Miami Dade College.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University as well as a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law.