Lawsuit Filed Against Hernando Supervisor of Elections, Citing Election Fraud
Last updated 12/15/2022 at 8:09am
BROOKSVILLE – There aren't many jaw-dropping moments during a Hernando Board of County Commissioners meeting (BOCC), but during last Tuesday's citizen comments, one resident dropped a unexpected bombshell that stunned the gallery.
Tuesday, November 29th was the inaugural meeting for incoming commissioners Jerry Campbell and Brian Hawkins, after Wayne Dukes retired and Jeff Holcomb went on to serve as a Florida State Representative.
The first item on the agenda was to choose a board chairperson to replace Steve Champion, and Commissioner Elizabeth "Beth" Narverud was quick to nominate herself for the position. Unfortunately, her desire to lead the commission was not shared by her fellow commissioner, because when Steve Champion asked for a Second to her motion, the board fell silent. Instead, the board nominated Commissioner John Allocco for the position and gave the vice-chair position to Narverud.
A few other formalities were addressed before opening the floor to citizen comments, including a recap of the 2022 election by Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson. During her presentation, Anderson praised poll workers and provided an overview of voter turnout. Anderson says there was only 54% voter turnout, which was down from the 2018 election. 22% voted early, 40% voted on election day, and 38% voted by mail. She also says there were 15,000 new registered voters in Hernando County, which demonstrates the mass exodus of from more restrictive blue states to open red states, like Florida and Texas.
During citizen comments, most shared their congratulations to the new board members, as did long-time multiloquent Brad Benson and fellow citizen advocate Diane Liptak. But Benson and Liptak were not as pleased with the election process in Hernando County as Anderson touted.
During his allotted three minutes, Benson praised Anderson for her work but said, "You're doing on hell of a job running a crappy system." Benson, like many of the 85 million Republican voters around the country, believes the Dominion voting system is flawed and can be hacked or manipulated.
Liptak echoed Benson's sentiments, but also complained that when she tried to register as a poll worker, she was turned away for being too vocal during BOCC meetings. "I would have thought you would have understood and chosen to withdraw gracefully," is what Liptak said she was told by election office employee. Liptak says, "So, if I revoke my First Amendment right, I might qualify to be a poll worker in the future?"
Liptak says, although not publicly noted by officials, on election day there were foreign and FBI internet connections available at polling sites. Liptak also asserts that there were issues with the Dominion machines on election day, stating, "Votes were seemingly being counted but not necessarily tabulated and ultimately the election machines failed again." She goes on to say, "Magical numbers were being produced while the voting equipment was down and winners seem to know, magically, that had won before it was announced."
As her time ticked down, Liptak stated, "In accordance with Mr. Benson's request, being of sound mind, over 18, and not a party to the case; Shirley Anderson, you are hereby served."
Liptak handed Anderson a copy of the lawsuit which was filed in Federal Court and walked away from the podium.
Anderson is no stranger to accusations of election fraud. In 2014 the Tampa Bay Times reported that her long-time boyfriend had accessed a secure room where voting machines were stored. Anderson's boyfriend is State Senator Blaise Ingoglia's father, Andrew Ingoglia. Anderson claimed Andrew was just changing a lock, but some voters became outraged over Anderson's misstep, due to a high-ranking political figure's father having that kind of access.
But Anderson isn't the only defendant named in the lawsuit. Governor Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Cord Byrd round off the trio of respondents who Benson claims should take immediate action to prevent voter fraud.
Benson is seeking injunctive relief through the Middle District of Florida, asking that state election officials preclude the use of election hardware and software, pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by Mike Lindell (My Pillow CEO). Lindell purchased 37 terabytes of data, which contained a complete cyber record of the 2020 election. Lindell says his documents should be compared to the data preserved by all Clerks and Supervisor of Elections offices around the country to confirm or negate evidence that the 2020 elections was a fraud.
Benson is asking that the state of Florida return to hand-submitted and hand-counted paper ballots, to avoid any chance that an election can be tampered with electronically.
Officials have not responded to request for comment regarding the lawsuit.
Mr. Benson is representing himself pro se.
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