Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blind persons unable to vote on 11/4

Christine Stapleton reports that all did not go smoothly in Palm Beach County last Tuesday. Supervisor Bucher points to age of machines used for that purpose and blames the company. Sounds familiar. The solution? Fire the poll workers according to Bucher. Click title for link.
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, who said after the election that voting this year went smoothly, has not returned calls since Thursday about the allegations by Troiano and Lapp.
But Florida Council for the Blind President James Kracht said he spoke with Bucher on Monday and she said the machines complied with state law but were so old and infrequently used that she could not get the company to repair them. Poll workers are trained in how to operate the machines but the poll workers made mistakes and would be fired, Kracht said Bucher told him.
Kracht also sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday asking Rubio for “guidance, help and assistance to find a solution to and right this continued wrong.” Kracht said an aide for Rubio told him the problem was a state matter. The Florida Division of Election said the situation is a county matter and referred questions to Bucher.