Take our poll: Should PBC election supervisor Susan Bucher be removed for incompetence?

Susan Bucher PBC, SOENancy Smith, columnist for Sunshine State News, began her article, “Oh, Susan Bucher, What Have You Done Now?” with the statement: “Something (else) is rotten in the Palm Beach County supervisor of elections office.”

She followed with an outright accusation.

“I think Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher’s office lost or tossed or otherwise suppressed somewhere between 50,000 and 67,000 votes.”

After referring to a series of inconsistencies in Bucher’s numbers, missing or misprinted ballots and other mistakes, Smith ended the piece with this conclusion:

“What an embarrassment for Palm Beach County. Maybe Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s fact-finding visit this week really will find the facts — all of them — giving the governor ammunition to do to Bucher what Gov. Jeb Bush did to Broward County Supervisor of Elections Miriam Oliphant in 2003: fire her for incompetence and mismanagement.”

The complaints about Bucher seem to be bipartisan in nature. Even Ashley Walker, Florida coordinator of the President Obama’s reelection campaign, Obama for America, had some harsh criticism. Smith writes:

“I know for a fact Ashley was worried about Palm Beach, which is a strong Democratic county,” said a political analyst who had stayed close to the Obama campaign. “I heard her tell people around her that the president would need every Democratic vote he could get and she didn’t trust Susan Bucher in Palm Beach to get the job done.”

“Her (Bucher’s) incompetence is stunning,” said political consultant Randy Nielsen, founder and partner of Public Concepts, which is located in West Palm Beach. “The numbers don’t lie. She’s managed to disenfranchise voters who are primarily Obama Democrats. Her incompetence — I think it runs through the whole office like a disease — is equal opportunity, nonpartisan. It goes on election after election, whether it’s municipal, state or like this — when we’re voting for the president of the United States.”

The political analyst close to the Obama campaign said the campaign’s Florida headquarters received complaints from Palm Beach County voters who “ran into excuses” when they tried to get absentee ballots sent. “In the end, these people were just giving up,” he said. “So, do I believe the voter turnout is less than it should be? I sure do.”

Read Smith’s article HERE

Watch BPR VIDEO clip of Bucher: Partisan elections supervisor in charge of Allen West ballots rudely refuses comment

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  • CB

    What about Gertrude Walker in St Lucie County, FL?

    • http://allenwestrepublic.com Tanya

      Agreed, both Susan and Gertrude need to go! ASAP

    • Roxanna

      Both should go and probably MANY others throughout the state.

    • Terri P

      I agree both Susan and Gertrude should be fired and jailed

  • http://www.andjustice4all.org marianscirrotto

    And Lee County Florida , too !

    We need a complete recount, we found absentee ballots in a unlocked, unsecured room, in open binds just left unattended .

  • Pawanna

    both should go – where is the Governor on this topic and the Att. General of the state?????

  • http://none BGH222

    If conseratives ever want to win another election, we must first revise our election laws. Not just Florida, every state. Any party that is large enough to be recognized by the State should have the opportunity to have volunteer (or paid) monitors during all phases of election proceedings. The monitors should have the authority to challenge any voter. The challenged vote would be put in a sealed envelope until it can be verified as a legal vote.

  • Libertylady

    I would go a step further. I suggest that the law be changed statewide so that elections offices should have TWO elected supervisors, one Dim and one Pubbie, and rotating staff that must be in direct proportion to the party registration in the county, including smaller parties and NPA. The person on staff must have been a party member for at least five years, to prevent "stacking" of staff who are really Democrats who re-register as NPA, etc. to get on staff.

    Staff positions should not be permanent, carry minimal benefits, wages slightly above minimum wage, and last no more than 2 years before turnover to new staff. This prevents career elections staff that care more about their benefits than clean and efficient elections.

    Something has to be done, or we will continue to see this gross fraud and incompetence from these offices, and political dynasties who manipulate the process and the results. It's particularly bad in South Florida.

  • Patriot1742

    Will he – probably not – there is a problem with no stones.

  • http://facebook william h. etheridge

    SHE NEEDS TO GO AND ARE YOU NEED TO DO LOOK AT WELLINGTON LAST ELECTION..

    DID NOT MAIL OUT MILITARY BALLOTS ,BECAUSE IT HAPPEN TO MY FAMILY MEMBER THIS ELECTION A 5 TIMES WHY NO BALLOTS.I DO NOT TRUST PALM BEACH ELECTION OR PALM BEACH AT ALL.TO MANY CROOKS STEAL OUR MONEY..

  • Jack Levitt

    Someone needs to take a good long look at Brenda Snipes here in Broward as well. No way our beloved sheriff Al Lamberti lost to a known criminal by such a large margin unless republican votes were being tossed in the trash and democrat votes were being double counted.

  • R. Kinkead

    I'm sure Susan Butcher backroom-engineered her own victory over Woodie McDuffie in August. Gov. Scott ought to fire her and appoint him until the next election cycle.

  • Boca Legend

    Maybe we can talk Lois Frankel into making Bucher her Chief of Staff……they are both miserable, incompetent, unattractive, and completely comfortable imaking a career out of feeding at the Public Trough.