Secretary of State Ken Detzner has referred Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to the state attorney and sheriff after election results in the county were released online about 20 minutes prior to the primary election ending Tuesday night.
"It's unacceptable for voting results to be reported prior to polls closing," said Detzner, the state's top election official.
Early results were released on the Broward supervisor's website at around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday. The polls closed in the statewide primary election at 7 p.m.
State law requires election supervisors to wait until the polls close in their county to publish results. It is a third-degree felony to release election results before the polls close.
Asked if Snipes could be fined by following action by the state attorney, Detzner said, "It's a little more serious than that."
Detzner has not been in touch with Snipes. However, he did inform Gov. Rick Scott of the breach.
"His reaction was to follow the law and do the right thing," Detzner said.