Broward County is once again in the national news after its slow trickle of mostly Democrat votes has helped force the gubernatorial and senatorial races into automatic recounts. Amid reports detailing the sketchy past of the election supervisor, Brenda Snipes, who was found by a judge to once again have violated Florida elections law in her handling of the voting count, a Parkland shooting victim's father brought to light something that made him "sick to [his] stomach."
In July, while in jail for murdering 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — including Andrew Pollack's daughter Meadow — the Parkland shooter was successfully registered to vote, in a process overseen by Snipes' office.
Referring to the suspect's case number, 18-1958, Pollack brought attention to the voter registration of the suspect while awaiting trial for mass murder and slammed Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for allowing the process to take place.
"I'm sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow. Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote.The Despicable Democrats have no shame. Can't let them steal this election," Pollack wrote.
In the tweet, Pollack included a screenshot of the suspect's voter registration, which lists the date 7/28/2018, his address as that of the Broward County jail, and his party as Republican (screenshot below, suspect's name redacted per The Daily Wire's policy on blocking the names of mass murderers).
"It's just outrageous and so hurtful to the victims and the families of the Parkland massacre to see this," Broward Commissioner Michael Udine agreed, the Sun-Sentinel reports. "Regardless of the legality, it doesn’t negate the pain and the hurt when the people of northwest Broward who were affected by this monster see something like this."
While Pollack slammed Sheriff Israel — who gained notoriety after the Parkland shooting for his attempts to deflect blame for his mishandling of the tragic situation and for his policies that protected the suspect from repercussions that might have prevented his actions — his office made clear that the get-out-the-vote effort in Broward's jail system isn't his fault; rather, it's the work of Snipes' office.
"The process is controlled by the Supervisor of Elections office," said Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright Saturday. "It doesn’t have anything to do with the sheriff."
"Taking away the voting rights of an eligible person awaiting trial is illegal," Coleman-Wright added. "BSO serves as a mail courier between the inmates and the Supervisor of Elections office."
She explained to the Sun-Sentinel that once the supervisor of elections has registered eligible inmates, absentee ballots are mailed to them in the jail and sent back to the office upon completion.
The horrific Parkland shooting took place on February 14, 2018; the suspect had clearly exhibited red flags recognized by his peers, administrators and community, yet the policies promoted by Sheriff Israel and others in the school district shielded him from more serious consequences, thus allowing his increasingly troubling behavior to continue, ultimately resulting in his murderous actions which took 17 lives.