Florida elections official Brenda Snipes battles Gov. Rick Scott in court

/ AP

Protests break out in Florida amid recount fight

A federal judge is holding a hearing over whether to give a former Florida elections official her job back. Embattled former Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes will square off Monday in federal court against Gov. Rick Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano.

Snipes came under fire during the contentious recount that followed the 2018 elections. She planned to resign on Jan. 4 but Scott immediately suspended her in late November.

Snipes contends that her due process rights were violated and that the law allowing the governor to suspend elected officials is unconstitutional.

Scott appointed his former general counsel to take her place. In his executive order, Scott said Snipes needed to be suspended for misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty.

Snipes is a Democrat while Scott and Galvano are Republicans.

First published on January 7, 2019

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