Conservative columnist suggests Florida officials throw out all votes from Democrat-heavy Broward and Palm Beach counties
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Mayor Andrew Gillum (D-FL) (Photo: Screen capture)

Writing for conservative website Townhall, a programming executive for right-wing Salem Radio proposed throwing out all the 2018 midterm ballots from Democrat-heavy Broward and Palm Beach counties to teach voters there a lesson.


According to Tom Tradup, he is incensed that election officials in the two troubled counties aren't tabulating the ballots fast enough and that, by "disenfranchising " all the voters who voted in Broward county and Palm Beach, it would forestall existing lawsuits even if it brings about new ones.

"Across America—and around the globe—we are all facing the prospect of a rerun we don’t want to experience: yet another stupid, protracted, over-lawyered election 'recount' drama in the state of Florida," Tradup wrote. "The reason we are again being forced to relive the nightmare and embarrassment first seen in the 2000 Bush/Gore 'recount' (which took the U.S. Supreme court to resolve) and which in 2016 led to lawsuits over mishandling of ballots in a Congressional race is a familiar one: election 'officials' in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Poster-child for the recurring incompetence in timely, accurate tabulation of ballots is—once again—Brenda Snipes, Broward supervisor of elections."

He then proposed his far-fetched solution.

"What this latest totally unnecessary 'emergency' requires is out of the box—to wit, radical—thinking. It is time to throw out ALL ballots cast November 6th in Palm Beach County and Broward County. Every one. Even Palm Beach County resident Rush Limbaugh’s. Whether cast for Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians or write-ins," he proposed. "Then use the accurately counted, professionally handled ballots from Florida’s remaining 65 counties to determine who won last week’s election for the next U.S. Senator, Governor and State Agriculture Commissioner."

"This, of course, would elicit yowls from intelligent people (as well as from MSNBC hosts) that ALL voters in those two populous counties have thus been 'disenfranchised' and they ALL should file lawsuits. Which is true. And they should," he predicted.

"The lawsuits should be filed against elections officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties," Tradup continued, before explaining,"My guess is that once these officials are held personally responsible for the repeated (to be charitable) bungling of the completed ballots which county residents had every right to believe would be accurately counted, two things would likely happen: most of the current buffoons in those offices would be replaced, and—going forward—elections in Broward County and Palm Beach County would not cause Florida’s statewide winners to be held up by weeks of partisan wrangling because a ballot was misplaced or dropped off the back of a truck or burned up when a spark flew out of a toaster."

He concluded, "That’s what we don’t even accept from elections in remote villages of Third World countries, much less in two of the most populous counties in Florida."

You can read the whole piece here.