Palm Beach County Mayor Berger gives ‘state of the county’ Thursday

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With the fallout from Tuesday’s national election still settling, Palm Beach County pivots back to local politics Wednesday morning, as the county’s mayor, District 5 Commissioner Mary Lou Berger, presents the annual “State of the County” address at a breakfast meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

Berger also will know by Wednesday morning whether she herself is a lame duck, or has fended off a challenge by suburban Boca Raton GOP newcomer Taniel Shant.

She also likely will weigh in on whether voters approved the 1-cent sales tax surcharge the county proposed in order to generated what it said is much needed money for schools, roads and parks.

Wednesday’s event is from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center,  650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call (561) 833-3711.

More than 4.5 million have voted in Florida; 250,000 in Palm Beach County

031316-met-early-voting-02Through Tuesday, 140,000 people have taken part in the first nine days of 14 days of early voting in Palm Beach County, according to overnight statistics from the county’s Supervisor of Elections.

That compares to a total of 124,896 locally in eight days of early voting in the 2012 election.

Through Wednesday morning, nearly 4.5 million Floridians, more than 250,000 of those in Palm Beach County, have voted early or by mail for the Nov. 8 election, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

That already nearly equals the 4.8 million who voted up to Election Day in 2012, according to state figures. In 2012, 3.8 million voted on Election Day itself.

Of those mailing in this year, Republicans lead Democrats 909,299 to 835,206. Of those voting early, the GOP trails 889,655 to 946,292.

In Palm Beach County mail-ins, Democrats lead 55,860 to 33,616. In state early-voting stats, which don’t exactly match those posted locally, Democrats lead 66,871 to 40,330.

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Vote-by-mail ballots to be sent out Friday for military/overseas, Oct. 7 for all else

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)

Vote by mail ballots for the Nov. 8 general election will be sent out Friday for registered voters who requested them and are in the military or living overseas, and Oct. 7 for everyone else, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections said this week.

The deadline to ask that a ballot be mailed to you is 5 p.m. Nov. 2.

All ballots must be returned by Election Day at 7 p.m. at the main office or 5 p.m. at satellite offices.

Early voting runs from Oct. 24 to Nov. 6.  Sites are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m . Bring a current picture or signature ID.

For more, call 561-656-6200 or visit www.pbcelections.org.

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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.

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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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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