Florida Secretary of State visits ‘under-performing’ election offices

Gertrude Walker

St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner advised the Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections of his tour of five “under-performing” county election offices. Of those five, two of them — 40 percent — helped spell the defeat of freshman Congressman Allen West’s re-election bid.

Detzner visited Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher on Wednesday afternoon. He will meet with St. Lucie County Election Supervisor Gertrude Walker Friday morning.

St. Lucie County was the most troubling. It was the only one in the state that failed to publish its election results “accurately or timely.”

“When you look at under-performance, it could be an administrative issue, could be an issue about judgment, about turnout, could be an issue about locations of the early voting sites,” Detzner told the Senate committee. “It could be manpower issues and it could be technology. All of these issues encompass the fact-finding effort that we’re going to go about.”

This isn’t St. Lucie County’s first visit after the Nov. 6 election fiasco there. In mid-November three election supervisors audited Walker’s office and practices.

As reported by TC Palm:

After the election, Walker ordered a partial recount and admitted thousands of votes were either not counted or counted twice. She has said the partial retabulation of 16,275 votes cast during the first three days of the month remedied the situation. She said the 21,000 votes from the other five days had no issues. The memory cards in the vote tabulating machines had issues, she has said.

The following weekend, the canvassing board opted to rerun all the early ballots after finding 306 votes that were never counted. The board did not finish on time to report updated results to the Department of State.

The remaining of the five under-performing counties are Lee, Miami-Dade and Broward.

Read more at TC Palm.

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  • Bullhead

    And it could be election FRAUD!!

  • Bob Honiker

    " The board did not finish on time to report updated results to the Department of State"? Yeah, we're supposed to believe no one could reset the alarm system in the mall. I will always question what happened that night after all the observers got kicked out.

  • Boobie the Rocket Do

    Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach & St. Lucie but NOT Martin County? Are they squeaky clean in Stuart?

  • Bob Honiker

    That part of Florida is like Chicago with palm trees.

  • MORT KUFF

    Michael. Thanks for covering this situation. I believe the Governor should make it a priority to set the machinery in motion to accomplish the following: Every single election Board in every single county in Florida should be thoroughly investigated, reviewed, evaluated and brought up to the highest standard possible, between now and the 2014 election. That is two years to get the job done. Whatever ineffective or inefficient policies and practices are uncovered by such a broad-based investigation, should be remedied and/or corrected and set into place – with all the legalities taken into account, the 'T's' croseed and the 'i's' dotted. Whatever it takes in terms of acquiring personnel and training them into a reliable team that can and will work under the pressure of an election, should be done. Supervisors of Elections must be given super-careful vetting and there ought to be sufficient safeguards and legal consequences put in place, to assure theo assure the integrity of their performance. And on and on . . . . Surely, there are principled people, residents of Florida, who know what and how to accomplish a clean-up and re-building of our electoral system. Retired military officers would be a good pool from which to draw leadership. A way must be found to preclude political partisanship from the process. And, following the terrible breaches of ethics evidenced in this recent election, there needs to be a schedule of legal consequences that will identify, indict and prosecute those who willfully game the system, There is nothing more important to our State than to have honest elections. If this problem is not addressed with a workable plan and realistic time-line, we're setting ourselves up for yet, another 'stolen' election.

    • Jayne

      Mort – the most important thing that needs to be done is to make sure that every eligible voter is ALLOWED TO VOTE!!! Stop the voter suppression and let's get people elected to office here in Florida who understand the rule of law!

      I think it is terribly unfair to those who have served their sentences and paid their debt to society to not be allowed to vote for at least five years – that is an extension of a penalty that has already been served – what is the purpose of that? Only one – voter suppression!!

      Let's make it easier for students who live in the State of Florida and attend colleges in the State of Florida but a long distance from their homes to vote. What is the purpose of the laws that made it harder for them to vote at their colleges – voter suppression!

      Once and for all our election results should be based on having the person who the most people vote for win – fair and square and without a lot of laws preventing people from voting.

  • Quan

    For Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to "visit" "underperforming" offices is a joke. Those who pass laws with the intent to suppress the vote are not capable of impartial oversight. How do they know what a good job look like? It's like the pot calling the kettle black, and just brings back the days of a Secretary of State and another Governor who bungled another vote count right here in South Florida.

  • Jayne

    What a bunch of crap!!! Your candidate loses and you are looking at all the reasons why instead of the one that counts – Allen West lost because of Allen West!!! Not because of election sites, not because of election fraud – he lost because this district realized that they didn't want this guy representing them in Congress!! West ran away from his previous district because he knew that, now that people knew him, he would lose. So, he ran away to a district that wasn't familiar with him, had millions of out of state money contributed to get him elected and in spite of all those millions of dollars he lost because the people were able to see through all that garbage and vote for Murphy anyway!

  • RUSerious

    LOL! Ken Detzner is investigating the disaster caused by his own voter suppression? Time for him to join Allen West…

  • http://www.dlaudatisalon.com Marianne Laudati

    The massive amount and variety of voter fraud of the 2012 election and the failure of Republican leadership to even address it, much less do anything about it, before, during or after, (with the one exception of Lt. Col. Allen West) makes me think that the American people may never again receive their right to a fair and honest election. What has become of our once great Nation when we allow a small number of radical leftists and the complicit media and liberals in academia to steal elections by controlling the ignorant masses with lies, indoctrination, and bribes.