Supporters of President Donald Trump posted the home address and phone number of Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes on Facebook as the contentious debate over Florida’s vote recount continues, The Washington Post reported.
Ballots are being recounted in Florida’s races for governor and Senate amid unsubstantiated Republican allegations of election fraud, which have directed ire at Snipes.
Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Rick Scott and Trump have all implied that election fraud was occurring, according to Vox, and demonstrators have gathered outside the Broward County Election office to protest the recount.
Politicians have directed attention to Snipes, who previously broke the law by destroying ballots for a 2016 race before federal law permitted her to do so. Republicans are now tying Snipes to their allegations of election fraud in Broward County.
Snipes has denied the charges but remains the subject of speculation about election tampering.
The Washington Post reported that 61-year-old Seber Newsome III, who previously identified himself as a Trump supporter, “appears to have been the first to post information online about Snipes.”
He told the Post that he wanted people to contact Snipes to signal discontent with the recount procedures but that he didn’t want people to go to her residence to protest.
“It’s all public,” he said. “I didn’t break no law.”
Snipes’s personal details were also posted on a number of pro-Trump Facebook pages and a group titled “Confederate Resistance.”
“That’s crazy because I have not done anything wrong,” the election official said. “We had an excellent election with record turnout. And then it turns into this ugly monster because it gets political.”
Newsome also publicized personal information about Susan Bucher, the election supervisor in Palm Beach County.
Facebook said doxxing, or publishing someone’s private information, especially as retribution, is not permitted on its platform and that it had removed the posts.
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SOURCE: Newsweek – Daniel Moritz-Rabson