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.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelly Vana
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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.

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/.

More than 2,000 voted early Wednesday 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)

Perhaps heeding authorities’ pleas to get it in ahead of this weekend’s possible tropical weather, more than 2,000 people, the largest total so far, took part Wednesday in early voting in advance of Tuesday’s election, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

The total of 2,048 brought the grand total as of Wednesday evening to 16,830. Early voting runs through Sunday.

At the state level, the Florida Division of Elections’ Thursday morning totals show 303,767 people voted early, and 1,308,507 have requested mail-in ballots, with 1,027,347 already having turned them in. Of the ballots requested, the breakdown was 525,070 Republican, 499,763 Democrat, 33,973 “other,” and 249,701 “no party.”

The National Hurricane Center has said the system in the eastern Caribbean has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm by Monday.

On Thursday, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who oversees the Florida Division of Elections, said that “although it is too premature to determine if voters will be impacted by adverse weather conditions, I am in constant contact with Governor Scott, the Division of Emergency Management, and Supervisors of Elections. Any updates that have the potential to impact Florida voters will be immediately communicated.”

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher has said her office has a contingency plan and if any polling places are unusable, the law allows for last-minute switches to backup sites.

Live noon Q&A with Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher:

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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 for the Aug. 30 vote, or for more information, contact the elections office at 561-656-6200 or visit www.pbcelections.org.

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Palm Beach County Elections chief: Avoid storm; vote early or mail in

Elections officials and politicians Wednesday urged people to get in early voting or submit mail-in ballots because of the threat of a tropical storm or hurricane affecting South Florida this weekend or early next week, including perhaps Election Day.

“Our voting equipment has been deployed to the 461 polling locations. If a storm hits, there may be some polling places that will be impacted but certainly a minimum number,”Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said Wednesday morning.  

“We will be urging our voters to take advantage of Early Voting,” Bucher said in an email. “We are also encouraging voters with vote-by-mail ballots to mail them back to us as quickly as possible.”

Palm Beach County voters are approaching the 15,000 mark after five days of the 14-day early voting event for the Aug. 30 election,  according to the Supervisor of Elections.

Patrick Murphy arrives to vote early in Florida’s primary election at the Palm Beach County Gardens Branch Library Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016.(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Patrick Murphy arrives to vote early in Florida’s primary election at the Palm Beach County Gardens Branch Library Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016.(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

 As of Tuesday night, 14,782 people had voted early at the 15 locations. Tuesday was the biggest single day so far, with 1,970 voting.

Today also is 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.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

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Palm Beach County had 2nd largest turnout of early voting Monday

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

Monday marked the second biggest day for early voting in in Palm Beach County’s early voting for the Aug. 30 election,  according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

A total of 1,703 voted Monday countywide, second only to the first of the 14 days of early voting, also on a Monday: Aug. 15. Sunday was the slowest day, with only 1,116 voting. Voting runs through Aug. 28.

The total as of Monday night now stands at 12,812. A total of 54,092 took part in early voting in nine days in March. That election included the presidential primary.

According to data compiled by the Florida Division of Elections this morning, but which shows Palm Beach County figures dating back several days:

  • Mail-in ballots were requested by 1,389,434 voters: 567,438 Republicans, 530,217 Democrats, 35,128 “other” and 256,651 “no party affiliation.”
  • Of those, 930,870 mail-in ballots have been returned: 454,184 Republican, 354,758 Democrat, 18,535 “other” and 103,393 “no party.”
  • A total of 208,606 have voted early; 98,139 Republican, 95,106 Democrat, 2,232 “other” and 13,129 “no party.”

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Weekend saw steady, but not higher, 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)

Early voting numbers traditionally spike on weekends, but not this year in Palm Beach County’s early voting for the Aug. 30 election.

Numbers for Saturday and Sunday actually were lower than they’d been in the first five days of this year’s 13-day event, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

They did bring the total through Sunday night to 11,109, according to the election’s office web site. It said 1,373 voted Saturday and 1,116 Sunday, compared to an average daily total of 1,724 for the previous five days, Aug. 15-19.

The average for the first seven days is 1,587. Extrapolating that out to the full 13 days would suggest a total of 20,631. That’s a little more than a third of the 54,092 who took part in early voting in nine in March. That election included the presidential primary.

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Slightly fewer voted on third day of early balloting in Palm Beach County

CqJlWCEXYAENxuHThe number of Palm Beach County participating in early voting for the Aug. 30 election was slightly lower Wednesday than it had been Monday and Tuesday, the first two days of the 13-day event, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections..

The 1,664 voting Wednesday brought the total so far to 5,390. The total was 1,862 Monday and 1,864 Tuesday.

In nine days of voting in March, 54,092 voted, nearly 9,500 of those in the first two days alone, but that was on a Saturday and Sunday, and that election included the presidential primary.

Early voting operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 28. Palm Beach County voters are choosing candidates in 22 contested local, state and national races.

To see a sample ballot for the Aug. 30 vote, or for more information, contact the elections office at 561-656-6200 or visit www.pbcelections.org.

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Palm Beach County elections video: no crossing party lines in primary

In case you missed it: Florida is a closed primary state. Has been since 1941. Some people were surprised to learn that in the March presidential primary. So the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections has posted on YouTube a 2½ minute video walking voters through the concept in time for the Aug. 30 election.

On March 15, Donald Trump had a big win in Florida, knocking out the state’s own Marco Rubio and helping cement the Republican nomination. And Hillary Clinton took the Democratic primary, building a big lead that eventually was insurmountable.

A lot of people came to the polls that day wanting to vote in a party other than the one in which they were registered. Many were furious when they learned Florida was one of only 11 states in which you can vote in a primary only in the party for which you’re registered.

On Aug. 30, Palm Beach County voters will choose candidates in 22 contested local, state and national races.

The election office’s new video, posted July 14, explains that while there is the closed primary, everyone can vote in races that are non-partisan or in which a candidate faces no opposition in the general election —- in this case Nov. 8. And all can vote in referendum questions.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES GUIDE

Get the candidates’ background and views in their own words in The Post’s exclusive Know Your Candidates online guide, pbpo.st/kycp2016.

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  • One in a series about all races and referendums on Palm Beach County’s Aug. 30 ballots.
  • Series will run daily through Sunday, the day before the start of early voting in the county.
  • Get all The Post’s Aug. 30 election coverage at myPalmBeachPost.com/2016primary.