A former Florida elections official is asking a federal judge to reinstate her after she was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott.

Embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes filed a lengthy federal lawsuit on Monday against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano.

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

Snipes came under fire during the contentious recount that followed the November elections. She planned to resign on Jan. 4, but she rescinded her resignation after Scott immediately suspended her last month.

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.