State elections officials could be headed to PBC and SLC next week.
St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties will be getting a visit from top elections officials in our state.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner will lead a delegation next week to what he calls "under-performing" counties. He wants to meet with elections supervisors in counties where there were long lines for early voting ahead of last month's election and where post-election results were slow coming in.
St. Lucie County is the only one in the state that actually missed its deadline for reporting results.
Detzner met with a state senate panel on Tuesday and heard from several members. Democrats claim the GOP-led shortening of early voting days were to blame, while Detzner suggested the length of the ballot, which featured eleven wordy constitutional amendments, didn't help.
Another so-called "under-performing" county is Palm Beach, which was singled out by republican Senator Jack Latvala, who represents the St. Pete/Clearwater area. While talking about counties with well-documented problems running elections for years, he said "If the shoe fits, Palm Beach County should wear it."
The other counties labled "under-performing" by the Secretary of State were Broward, Miami-Dade and Lee, though there were others in Florida where long lines could be found on election day.
We have reached out to PBC Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher and SLC Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker, but have gotten no response.