Award-winning Post scribe Lawrence Mower reports that incomplete request forms will no longer be accepted, and voters who request absentee ballots on behalf of family members will have to provide their driver’s license number.
Prospects for a costly and confusing election re-do in a Palm Beach County state Senate district now rest with a Leon County judge following a Tuesday hearing which coincided with the Legislature’s organization session.
Sen. Bobby Powell, D-Riviera Beach, was sworn-in as a new senator at 10:32 a.m. Just over a half-hour later across the street from the Capitol, lawyers for Powell and political opponents Ruben Anderson, a Democrat, and Ron Berman, a Republican, were battling over whether the primary and general election contests for Senate District 30 should be replayed.
Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher, looking on in Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis’s courtroom, said a do-over of the two recently completed elections would likely cost taxpayers more than $1 million.
Anderson was disqualified in July after his bank did not honor his campaign’s $1,781.82 check to cover the candidate qualifying fee.
Florida law gives a candidate until the end of the qualifying period to correct such a situation. But Anderson had no remedy because his check was returned after qualifying closed.
Anderson, though, gained new legal life when the section of state law that thwarted him was declared unconstitutional in September by the Florida Supreme Court.
There are a half-dozen people who qualified in Florida as write-in contenders for president. They are: Andrew Basiago, Richard Duncan, Cherunda Fox, Zoltan Istvan Gyurko, Laurence Kotlikoff and Anthony Joseph Valdivia.
Writing in any other name?
“You’re vote won’t be counted,” Bucher said.
In the wake of Trump’s vulgar comments about women, captured on 2011 video that swiftly went viral, a host of high-profile Republicans are fleeing the campaign.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, and Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, were among those saying they’d write in Pence’s name.
Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher says State Attorney Dave Aronberg‘s office is investigating suspicious absentee ballot requests that were flagged by her office.
Bucher wouldn’t say how many of the ballot requests are in question or what raised her concerns about them. She said the questionable requests came from “a bunch of areas” and not one specific portion of the county.
“I can acknowledge that there’s an open investigation but I really can’t comment on it,” Bucher said today.
Aronberg spokesman Mike Edmondson was not immediately available for comment.
Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher today accepted candidate qualifying papers from attorney Gregg Lerman for a county court judgeship that Gov. Rick Scott‘s office says should be filled by a gubernatorial appointment rather than voters.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Scott appointee, says the Group 11 judgeship that Judge Laura Johnson is leaving to run for Circuit Court is vacant and Scott should appoint a replacement to fill the final four years of Johnson’s term. Lerman argues that the timing of Johnson’s resignation necessitates an election to fill the seat.