Green Party of Fla. Supports Tim Canova suit over 2018 Election for Florida CD 23


On December 5, Tim Canova, who had run for Congress as an NPA, filed suit against the Election Canvassing Commission and incumbent Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the disgraced former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman, in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District.

Wasserman-Schultz was declared the winner of the election, but Canova charges that her victory is fatally tainted and needs to be overturned and a new election held.  The suit states:

“This is an action for declaratory and injunctive relief seeking to declare that actions of misconduct by Dr.  Brenda Snipes, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections (“SOE”) and other Florida and Broward election officials in the supervision of the 2018 general election for Florida’s 23rd Congressional district require that the election be set aside pursuant to section 102.168, Florida Statutes.”

Furthermore, the suit charges that among other things:

“Snipes and other Broward and Florida election officials also failed to protect the security of the software for the electronic voting machines, thereby permitting hackers, or insiders, the opportunity to shift a sufficient number of votes from Canova toWasserman Schultz as to change or place in doubt that results of the election.”

The suit demands invalidation of the November election in the 23rd CD, and that a “new election proceed with hand-marked paper ballots that are counted by hand in public and reported immediately and publicly at the local precinct level.”  It would  also “enjoin the use of electronic voting machines with closed-source proprietary software.”  The suit’s in-depth analysis of the perils of electronic voting could give this suit far-reaching implications.

Questions of election integrity have dogged Wasserman-Schultz for years.  In the 2016 election, she was exposed by WikiLeaks for conspiring against Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Presidential Primary, was booed offstage at the 2016 DNC nominating convention, and forced to resign as DNC chair.  That same year, Canova challenged her for her CD 23 seat in the Democratic primary.  In that campaign, Snipes authorized the illegal destruction of the ballots in defiance of the law, courts, and an ongoing lawsuit by Canova to inspect the ballots.

Though the court found her and her office in violation of the law by destroying the ballots in question, no action was taken against Snipes.  As a result of that suit, Florida’s Department of State was to send election experts to the Broward elections office in the mid-term election “to ensure that all laws are followed,” the governor’s office said  Despite this oversight, many irregularities were noted by independent observers.  After the election, Gov. Scott replaced Snipes with one of his own operatives, accusing Snipes of mishandling the chain of custody of ballots.

“Florida has long been a hotbed of election fraud,” charged Steve Newman, chair of the Brevard County Green Party, who supported Canova’s 2018 run in CD 23.  “Our party Platform demands comprehensive election reform, including Instant Runoff Voting for every office, replacing ‘winner-take-all’ with proportional representation, and fair access to all debates.  This past election highlights our demands for ‘Requiring paper ballot verification in all elections,’ and ‘strengthening and enforcement of civil and criminal penalties for public officials who subvert or fail to uphold election and voting laws.’

“In addition, Florida is notorious for voter suppression,” Newman adds.  “Now that former-felon voter rights have been restored by popular initiative, Republicans are looking for ways to keep it from going into effect.  DiversityInc reports that Secretary of State Ken Detzner wants to stall the implementation of the bill until the measure can go in front of Legislators in March.  The Green Party demands that Florida Restore Felon Rights Now!”

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For further information:

Hearing on DNC Lawsuit Appeal

DNC Fraud Lawsuit

DNC to Court: We Are a Private Corporation With No Obligation to Follow Our Rules

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