Updated - Laws broken in Palm Beach County by Susan Bucher

Updated - Laws broken in Palm Beach County by Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher 

Bottom Line: On Monday I first brought you this story depicting each law violated by Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher. Predictably news media, aside from me, have continued to fail to bring you the truth. Now that the machine recount is behind us, another fail by Susan Bucher, here’s a recap of the laws broken. Here’s a link for the entire code: https://bit.ly/2PiaJZ0  

  • The supervisor of elections shall upload into the county’s election management system by 7 p.m. on the day before the election the results of all early voting and vote-by-mail ballots that have been canvassed and tabulated by the end of the early voting period. 

That didn’t happen, nor was any expedited effort made to attempt to comply with the law.  In other words, not only was this illegal, it was blatant disregard for the law. Next up... 

  • The canvassing board shall report all early voting and all tabulated vote-by-mail results to the Department of State within 30 minutes after the polls close. 

Nope, that didn’t happen either. The second violation of Florida Election law.  

  • The canvassing board shall report, with the exception of provisional ballot results, updated precinct election results to the department at least every 45 minutes until all results are completely reported. The supervisor of elections shall notify the department immediately of any circumstances that do not permit periodic updates as required. 

Once again, not only did none of that occur, there was blatant disregard for the law as no effort to come into compliance with it was ever made. That makes three violations of law.  

  • If the county canvassing board determines that the unofficial returns may contain a counting error in which the vote tabulation system failed to count votes that were properly marked in accordance with the instructions on the ballot, the county canvassing board shall: 

(a) Correct the error and retabulate the affected ballots with the vote tabulation system 

Here’s the fourth violation...Rather than the canvassing board making judgements about damaged and/or erroneous ballots – it was Susan Bucher and her team unilaterally creating their own standard. Last Saturday, Chief Justice of Florida’s 15th Circuit Court, Krista Marx ruled this activity to be in violation of the law.  

  •  Art. V, § 5 of the Florida Constitution and the Public Records Act.  

Here’s the fifth law broken. Last Friday, Susan Bucher’s office continued to violate reporting standards for over and under votes as mandated by law along with total ballot information. Florida’s 15th Circuit Court also ruled that Susan Bucher had violated the law.  

  • Court order to comply with the Florida Constitution and the Public Records Act.  

This was the sixth violation. After failing to abide by the law originally, when ordered to comply by 7pm last Friday, Susan Bucher still failed to do so.  

What we’re left with is a minimum of six violated laws and a court order by Palm Beach County’s Election Supervisor. There needs to be full accountability under the law. As I’ve also illustrated this week, two of these violations arrive at the level of voter/electoral fraud under Florida law. And this is all aside from the failure to come close to completing machines recounts as mandated by law as well.

 

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