Judge rules election officials in Broward violated state law, gives them 7 pm deadline

A judge has ruled that Broward County election officials violated Florida law by failing to report how many outstanding ballots they have in their possession. From the Miami Herald:

A Broward County judge ordered the county’s elections chief to turn over to Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign for the U.S. Senate an accounting of how many ballots were cast in the county, broken down by category, by 7 p.m. Friday.

Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips also held that Brenda Snipes, Broward’s supervisor of elections, was in violation of Florida public records laws for not turning the records requested by Scott’s campaign. She ordered Snipes to turn over the number of all ballots cast in the midterm election, including absentee, early voting and those cast on Election Day.

This is the result of a lawsuit filed Thursday by Rick Scott and the NRSC against Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes which said in part:

Voting in the 2018 General Election concluded November 6, 2018. Two days after voting has concluded, the Supervisor Of Elections is unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed. The lack of transparency raises substantial concerns about the validity of the election process.

This is an issue that Sen. Marco Rubio has been raising the alarm about on Twitter since Thursday morning.

For demanding that Broward adhere to state law, Rubio was accused of to trying to stop some votes from being counted.

This morning he kept going:

Finally, this afternoon, a short time before the judge’s ruling, Rubio posted another update thread:

Now a judge has agreed that Broward has violated the law and given them a few hours to rectify this, exactly as Rubio, Rick Scott, and the NRSC claimed. Maybe the media will take more interest in this dubious behavior by Broward County than they have so far?