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.

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.”



Palm Beach County Water Utilities: we got a clean bill of health for 2015

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Stiles (Post/Bill Ingram)

092707 MET Glades Water 3.jPalm Beach County Water Utilities’ drinking water did not have any state or federal violations in the 2015 calendar year, Director Jim Stiles told county commissioners Thursday in an e-mail.

Stiles, in issuing his annual summary, said he was “proud to report” that water both in the general utility and in the area formerly covered by the Glades Utility Authority “met or exceeded all federal and state requirements.”

Last year, the primary service area got a clean rating for 2014, but the Glades authority got one violation, for unacceptable levels of coliform bacteria.

The county utility, which serves about 500,000 households countywide, including the Glades, said it can produce up to 110 million gallons a day of drinking water.

It says drinking water nearly always will contain small amounts of some contaminants, including viruses and bacteria from sewage, plants and animals; salts and metals from runoff; pesticides and herbicides; organic chemicals; and radioactive contaminants.

Read 2015 Water Quality report: