Eleven Palm Beach County precincts gave the wrong ballots to more than 100 voters this past Election Day, according to a report published by Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher. The problem was found to stem from voters being handed a ballot from the wrong precinct at polling places that contained multiple ones. Although ballots had the same national candidates, local ones vary.
A total of 124 wrong ballots were given out during the election process, including 15 during early voting, and 46 at the Lake Worth Scottish Rite Masonic Center. Bucher said properly marked ballots were counted even when election workers verified they were the wrong ballot for a precinct, but some races were not listed on the ballots handed out, so there was nothing to count where otherwise there would have been.
Bucher said in the report that all workers who were found to have made mistakes in handing out the wrong ballots would not be permitted to work in future elections.
The mistakes were revealed in the state-required Conduct of Elections report sent out November 4. In addition to the 124 incorrect ballots, six voting machines were found to have malfunctioned, and a few minor procedural violations were found to have occurred.
Bucher came under fire earlier this month after a Palm Beach Post investigation revealed she had ordered the disposal of at least 14 votes due to mistakes made by precinct workers.
Bucher ordered the tossing of a handful of votes because some precinct workers had forgotten to mark a box confirming whether voters had voted in the Republican or Democratic primaries. Bucher indicated at the time she believed the incomplete cards cast doubt over whether the voter had voted in the correct primary, but higher-ups ultimately decided this was not the case.