The Polls Are Closed. No Voting In Chadville.

Rain nor wind etc. may not stop the mail, but the threat of wind and rain can close the polls and stop you from voting. In fact it did today in Chadville.
The polls closed. You couldn’t vote no matter how much you wanted to.
Of course it was only early voting, not the official primary election voting on September 5 or the general election on November 7.
BUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THIS REPEATED ITSELF ON ONE OF THOSE DAYS?
Would Jeb Bush declare “no election” and just stay in office? This is not as far fetched as you might think. Rudy Giuliani tried to do this by extending his eligibility to stay on as Mayor of NYC “because a change of Mayor might be damaging right after 911.” Fortunately the NY voters quickly set him straight about that, but in Chadville nothing seems too preposterous to consider possible.
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED TODAY AND WHY WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED.
Lets not dwell on why the decision was made to shut down portions of the Palm Beach County Government. A potentially dangerous and severe storm was approaching and while I may have made a different decision about closing down a bunch of government offices including the polling places and the Supervisor of Elections office, a very good argument can be made to support the decision to do so — Better safe than sorry.
The office of the Supervisor of Elections closed, and along with it your opportunity to vote today. If you called the supervisor’s office you got a recording saying they were open during the following business hours, please call back then. Of course when I called “now” was the following business hours, but one got the message — call back sometime in the future. There was no mention about when the office and/or polls might be open again. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECORD A CURRENT MESSAGE EXPLAINING WHY THE OFFICE/POLLS ARE CLOSED AND WHEN YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO CAST YOUR EARLY VOTE? Maybe it could also be on the supervisor’s web site.
Lest I join the ranks of the Bush administration and the cable news talkers who cry “The sky is falling, the sky is falling” 24/7, lets say one day of early voting missed does not make a failed election.
If it were to happen on September 5 or November 7 — both well within the hurricane season — what would happen? No election?
Surely the Supervisor of Elections must have a plan. He is after all not a part of the Bush team that has no plans for anything.
If there is a plan, Dr. Anderson, what is it? Why is it a secret? Why can’t you at least take the time to change the recorded message or put up an explanation on your web site?
Should there be an ACTUAL severe storm causing ACTUAL severe damage, the power would be out, phones would be problematic, and how would we find out how, when, and where we are to vote?
Is too much to ask you to share this information with us?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Contact the Supervisor of Elections or call (561) 656-6200.

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