Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes will testify in federal court in Miami on Monday about allegations the county has a bloated voter list because her office isn’t doing enough to purge ineligible voters. Snipes will be defending her office against a suit brought by the American Civil Rights Union, a conservative Virginia-based group that has been challenging voter registration lists nationwide. The nonprofit organization says it wants to make sure voter lists accurately reflect only eligible voters to reduce the potential for voter fraud.
The ACRU is asking U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom to order the county to step up its efforts to remove ineligible voters from the rolls, including non-citizens, dead people, felons and those who have moved or are mentally incapacitated. Critics fear the more aggressive approach the ACRU is advocating could knock many eligible voters off the rolls as well.
On Thursday, Wynmoor Village resident Richard Gabbay testified that he alerted the elections office in October 2015 to more than 600 people registered to vote in his Coconut Creek community who either died or no longer lived there, but he was not satisfied with the office’s response. He first noticed many listed voters had moved when he took part in a Republican get-out-the-vote effort in 2012 and he got a list of his precinct’s voters from the state in 2015.