WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach County supervisor of elections has been suspended, and the Broward County supervisor of elections has resigned, weeks after the two counties were at the center of Election Day controversy.
- Palm Beach County's Susan Bucher suspended
- Broward County's Brenda Snipes has resigned
- PDF: Executive Order suspending Susan Bucher
- PDF: Executive Order Acknowledging Brenda Snipes resignation
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Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcements Friday afternoon.
Susan Bucher's suspension takes effective immediately in Palm Beach County. And DeSantis said he has acknowledged the resignation of Brenda Snipes in Broward County.
Her letter of resignation was effective January 4.
"Today, we turn our attention to the need to restore faith in our elections processes here in Florida," DeSantis.
"During the 2018 General Election, Florida had 65 out of 67 counties that ran good elections. Supervisor Bucher demonstrated she was unable to comply with the laws of our state and her duties as the Supervisor of Elections and failed to accurately report information related to the number of ballots that had been cast."
Palm Beach County missed the recount deadline because of outdated equipment.
Bucher defended her office, saying the incomplete recount wasn't "for lack of human effort."
Additionally, DeSantis announced the appointments of two new supervisors of elections.
DeSantis announced the appointment of Afghanistan veteran Chris Anderson as Seminole County Supervisor of Elections to fill the vacancy created by Secretary of State Michael Ertel.
Ertel was named Florida Secretary of State.
DeSantis appointed Wendy Sartory Link to replace Bucher in Palm Beach County.