Hearing scheduled for embattled Florida elections official
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal court hearing has been scheduled for a former Florida elections official who was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott.
Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker will hear arguments Jan. 7 in Tallahassee on a request for a preliminary injunction by embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes. She filed a federal lawsuit this week against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano.
The lawsuit contends Snipes’ due process rights were violated and that the law allowing the governor to suspend elected officials is unconstitutional.
Snipes drew fire during the contentious recount that followed the November elections. She planned to resign Jan. 4, but she rescinded her resignation after Scott immediately suspended her last month. Scott’s order said Snipes needed to be suspended for misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty.