The Republican Party of Florida is accusing election officials of voter fraud in a key county, Adam Shapiro reported on Shepard Smith Reporting.
The state GOP alleges that officials in Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, have been opening tens of thousands of vote-by-mail ballots prior to them being cleared for counting.
Chairman Blaise Ingoglia told Shapiro that “Florida law prescribes that when the supervisor of elections takes in all these ballots, they have to be approved by the canvassing board.”
Therefore, the officials have no legal authority to open the ballot envelopes.
Ingoglia said none of the ballots had been approved, so the party will be filing a lawsuit at 9 a.m. ET Thursday if county officials do not respond to his complaint by close-of-business on Wednesday.
“If there’s challenges [to ballots on Election Day] there will be nobody there to hear those challenges,” he said.
Shapiro recounted how Broward County was the “epicenter” of the 2000 ‘hanging chads’ controversy during the state’s recount of the election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.