Elections office: Palm Beach County turnout was just 19.2 percent

Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Last week, Palm Beach County’s elections chief predicted a 20 percent turnout for Tuesday’s vote. She actually  had been a bit optimistic.

Total voting — in person on Tuesday, early, or by mail — was 167,497, according to data from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

That’s 19.2 percent of the 872,061 registered to vote.

The breakdown: 84604 voted Election Day, 54,029 used mail-in, and 28,865 voted early.

Supervisor Susan Bucher had given the 20 percent figure even as she predicted an 80 percent turnout for the high-profile Nov. 8 election, which will include the presidential vote.

Florida Division of Elections statistics weren’t immediately available Wednesday. The division has said turnout statewide was 18 percent in the 2014 primary.

Bucher, who was up late Tuesday night with the voting tabulations, couldn’t immediately be reached Wednesday.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

Vana frustrated but OK after loss in property appraiser’s race

Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana, soundly beaten in her race to be the county’s next property appraiser, said she’s frustrated but OK after the defeat to Dorothy Jacks.

“I’m OK,” she said after the loss. “I’ve won races, and I’ve lost races before. I’m happy with the way I ran my race.”

Vana did express frustration with news coverage of the race, which she said failed to point out the support Jacks got from the Republican Party of Palm Beach County.

The party announced on its web site that it supported Jacks, who had been a registered Republican as recently as 2010. A direct mail piece sent out to voters also attempted to link Vana, a long-time Democrat, to the Republican Party’s controversial presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

The property appraiser’s race was a non-partisan race, and Vana touted her long-standing ties to the Democratic Party.

That wasn’t enough, however. Vana, who had served in the state House of Representatives before winning a seat on the county commission, lamented what she described as not enough support from her party in the race.

“I want to thank all of the people who did support me,” Vana said.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Jacks to step into property appraiser’s office after win

Dorothy Jacks won’t face an opponent in November, and, by virtue of her victory Tuesday night over Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana, will be the county’s next property appraiser.

Jacks will succeed Gary Nikolits, who announced last year that he would not seek re-election. He endorsed Jacks, who has served as his chief deputy.

The filing of a write-in candidate, Charles H. Stahman, moved the date of the Jacks-Vana election from November to August 30.

Stahman’s name was not on the ballot, however, and Jacks, cruised to victory over Vana.

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Dorothy Jacks

 

Groundbreaking Thursday for new northwest Palm Beach County shooting range

022010 met gunrange 2.jpgGroundbreaking is set for Thursday morning for the new Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Park, a public target shooting facility being built by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in partnership with Palm Beach County.

The 150-acre complex, near the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area in northwestern Palm Beach County, will feature target shooting, including Olympic-style shooting events, as well as hunter safety courses. Its first phase is set to open next year.

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County OKs 2016-2017 budget

Solid-Waste-AuthorityThe board of the Solid Waste Authority approved at its meeting Wednesday a nearly $280 million 2016-2017 budget in which the annual trash-disposal fee that all homeowners in Palm Beach County are assessed would remain unchanged in 2016-2017.

For 2015-2016, the authority — county commissioners sit as its governing board — had dropped the assessment for a single-family household from $175 to $170, a reduction of about 3 percent from the previous year. That rate will be unchanged for 2016-2017.

Rates also will be unchanged this year for commercial customers, who saw a 5 percent to 6 percent decrease for 2015-2016 from 2014-2015.

Wednesday’s vote was 6-0. Commissioner Steven Abrams, who also serves on the county’s canvassing board, had warned that his duties in relation to Tuesday’s election might force him to miss Wednesday’s meeting.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

Update: Two Palm Beach County commissioners now lame ducks

IMG_0193When Palm Beach County Commissioners convened this morning as the governing board of the Solid Waste Authority, it was the first of many proceedings this fall in which the 7-member panel contains two lame ducks.

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Commissioner Shelley Vana already was on her way out

Palm Beach County Commissioner District 7, Priscilla A. Taylor in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 22, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
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because of term limits. But 3-term commissioner Priscilla Taylor fell in Tuesday’s election t0 former Delray Beach city commissioner and former state representative Mack Bernard.

As of press time Tuesday night, Bernard had clung to a lead of less than 3 percentage points. In the final overnight tally, which still doesn’t include the small number of provisional ballots, that lead held:

Mack Bernard                41.96%        7,413
Priscilla Ann Taylor     39.02%       6,894
Lawrence Gordon          13.66%       2,414
Robbie T. Littles               5.35%         946
TOTAL: 17,667

For Vana and Taylor, at least for now, years and years of elected office come to a screeching halt; 17 for Taylor and 14 for Vana, who was soundly beaten Tuesday night by longtime Deputy Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks in the race to replace Jacks’ boss, the retiring Gary Nikolits.

At Wednesday morning’s Solid Waste Authority meeting, chair Hal Valeche acknowledge the “bad day” Taylor and Vana had on Tuesday. He said he’ll miss them and thanked them for their service and directed a round of applause.

UPDATE: Tax Collector service restored after outage affected license, registration services

UPDATE: Service has been restored at all locations, the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office has confirmed.

EARLIER STORY:

The Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office said Tuesday it was experiencing a temporary outage, affecting several of its services.

TaxCollectorLogoVehicle titles, registrations and driver licenses are the primary services affected at this time.

The Tax Collector’s Office said in-office wait times and transaction processing will be longer than usual until services are restored.

Check back for updates.

Nearly 30,000 did early voting in Palm Beach County

Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

In early voting for Tuesday’s election, which ended Sunday, 28,899 people participated, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

That’s nearly double the 15,785 who voted in an eight-day event August 2012 but a little more than half of the 54,092 who took part in early voting in nine days in March, which included the presidential primary.

Palm Beach County voters today will choose candidates for state, county and local offices in 14 nonpartisan races, 11 Democratic primaries, four Republican primaries, one Libertarian primary and two universal primaries. The universal primaries in this case are the Democratic primaries for public defender and state Senate District 29. Also on the ballot is a referendum on a state constitutional amendment for an alternative energy tax credit and ballot questions for voters in Boca Raton, Loxahatchee Groves and Wellington.

To see a sample ballot for today’s vote, or for more information, contact the elections office at 561-656-6200 or visit www.pbcelections.org.

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Nearly 3,000 did early voting Friday; last chance is this weekend

Cqoq_VDXEAARiSs.jpg largeEntering the last weekend of 14 days of early voting in Palm Beach County, voters Friday had their biggest turnout so far, with nearly 3,000 casting ballots for next Tuesday’s election, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections said.

Friday’s total of 2,963 brought the grand total as of Friday evening to 22,190. That already is more than the 15,785 who voted in the eight-day early-voting vent in the August 2012 primary, supervisor Susan Bucher said Thursday.

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Wednesday was the last day to request a mail-in ballot be mailed to you, although voters can pick up ballots in person up to Election Day. For your vote to count, your signed ballot must be received by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day, at the main office, or by 5 p.m. Tuesday at branch offices.

To see a sample ballot, or for more information, contact the elections office at 561-656-6200 or visit ww.pbcelections.org.

For more information about early voting, including locations, visit mypalmbeachpost.com/august-early-voting/.

Palm Beach County’s early voters have biggest day Thursday

Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Early voting at Jupiter Community Center Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

With the last weekend looming, and either in spite of or because of what’s now a lessening threat for tropical storm conditions, Palm Beach County voters had their biggest turnout on Thursday, in early voting on for next Tuesday’s election, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections said Friday.

Thursday’s total of 2,397 — the second of two days over 2,000 — brought the grand total as of Thursday evening to 19,227. That already is more than the 15,785 who voted in the eight-day early-voting event in the August 2012 primary, supervisor Susan Bucher said Thursday.

The 14-day event ends Sunday.

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Wednesday was the last day to request a mail-in ballot be mailed to you, although voters can pick up ballots in person up to Election Day. For your vote to count, your signed ballot must be received by 7 p.m. Tuesday at the main office, or by 5 p.m. Tuesday at branch offices.

To see a sample ballot, or for more information, contact the elections office at 561-656-6200 or visit ww.pbcelections.org.

For more information about early voting, including locations, visit mypalmbeachpost.com/august-early-voting/.

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