Palm Beach County elections supervisor candidate: I’d never have put polling place in Boca Raton mosque

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Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher’s political opponent agrees with Bucher’s move to pull a Boca Raton mosque as a voting site. But not for the same reasons.

Earlier this month, Bucher reversed her earlier decision to place her Precinct 4170 in the Islamic Center of Boca Raton and moved it from the mosque to Boca Raton’s Spanish River Library. The action sparked a local and even nationwide debate over security vs. discrimination.

“I openly criticized her decision to put it in the Islamic Center. I applauded her decision to remove it,” Republican opponent Christine Spain told the Palm Beach Post’s editorial board Tuesday. “I never would have placed it there.”

Bucher a, Democrat who is up for re-election to the nonpartisan elections supervisor post in the Aug. 30 election, has said that as many as 50 callers advised her to move the site, with some warning they’d try to block voting or even would call in a bomb threat to clear the building.

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