The supervisors of elections in Broward County and Palm Beach County were both ordered to turn over records by a judge. Broward County provided some records which are being reviewed to see if they comply with the judge’s order. But the Palm Beach supervisor, Susan Bucher, is refusing to comply.
Bucher was ordered by the court to turn over any duplicate, “overvoted” or “undervoted” ballots no later than 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
Instead, Bucher claims she needs “more time” and has filed for an extension. Reason unexplained.
Why is she not able to turn them over?
The Scott campaign blasted the failure to comply with the court order by Buchar.
From Fox News:
“Tonight, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Buchar announced that she is refusing to comply with a court order to submit overvotes and undervotes to the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board for review under the court-ordered deadline,” Chris Hartline, Scott for Florida Spokesman, said in a statement. “Susan Buchar has consistently refused to follow state law and comply with legally required deadlines and regulations.”
Hartline continued: “Whether it’s gross incompetence or intentional disregard for the rule of law is irrelevant at this point. Either way, it is embarrassing and unacceptable.”
Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) also claim that Buchar illegally refused to allow any witnesses to monitor the Palm Beach County’s handling of damaged absentee ballots.
“Even more alarmingly,” Scott claims, Bucher “failed to allow the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board” to determine, as required by law, which damaged or improperly filled-out absentee ballots were valid and how the voters of those ballots had intended to vote. Instead, Scott and the NRSC argue, Bucher and her staff simply used their own judgment when determining voters’ intent.
Multiple media outlets also sued Buchar and Palm Beach for failing to allow them to cover the open meeting where ballots were being reviewed.
Buchar had previously suggested that questions raised about her failure to comply with the law were racist.
“I just felt it very unfortunate that some of the highest elected officials in our country are trying to disrupt our democracy because they don’t like the demographics of our voters,” she said.
“I would wish that they would allow us to continue to count the ballots, we’re just doing our job in accordance with law,” she added.
But the judge found that, in fact, they weren’t “in accordance with the law.”