Nancy 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
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