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Bucher’s residency claims were “questionable” but not criminal, prosecutor says

by George Bennett | February 12th, 2010



“Although the conduct reviewed is questionable and it appears that Ms. Bucher was manipulating her residency documents, there are no Florida statutes that directly address her behavior.”

So says a Palm Beach County state attorney’s memo concluding that no criminal charges should be filed against Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher for her multiple residency changes while she was a state House member from 2000 to 2008.

Read about it here.

Bucher and her husband owned a house outside her legislative district, but — in a practice that’s not uncommon among elected officials in Palm Beach County – Bucher registered to vote at a series of addresses inside the district.

A political rival alleged in 2008 that Bucher didn’t live where she claimed and therefore had signed false voter registration documents. Eighteen months later, the state attorney’s office concluded that Florida’s residency standard is too “vague” and “ambiguous” to pursue any charges.

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9 Responses to “Bucher’s residency claims were “questionable” but not criminal, prosecutor says”

  1. Not surprised Says:

    How can registering to vote at various addresses not be criminal? Looks like it happens ferquently in Palm Beach county. She is a good “D” and the other “D”‘s will not go after her. It’s as simple as that. A county where select prosecution for corruption is corrupt in itself…and the state (FDLE?)or the feds (FBI?)are terrified of any “D” in this county. The non-pros decision was made by a fellow “D”. Still no corruption, huh?

  2. whasup Says:

    All she had to do was rent a small apartment in the district to comply with the residency requirement. If she did that, fine. If not, she’s either not as bright as everyone says or too cheap to comply with the law.

  3. Fran Says:

    Typical democrat corruption in PBC and now the woman is our Supervisor of Elections.

    Vote OUT demoNcrats.

    Just sick of candidates of any party who are corrupt.

    Let’s plan on getting Bucher out in the next election.

    Sid, can you get busy on this or are you encouraging democrats to run unopposed?


  4. Big Daddy Says:

    This isn’t an issue of Democrat or Republican, because both sides have availed themselves of this tactic in the past. It is just another loophole that the legislature needs to correct.

    While I do agree most incompetents need to be voted out, this doesn’t need to be a blanket party issue. Remember, while you are pointing at someone, you have 4 more fingers pointing at yourself.

    Let me also say that while I’m 75% a GOP man, I still remember the disasters of Arthur Anderson. Supervisor of Elections is a no brainer of a elected offical. If it isn’t broke, don’t try to fix it.

  5. Loxahatchee Says:

    Susan Bucher has served faithfully the residents of this county in the Florida legislature. Before you start casting stones look at her record as Supervisor of Elections. Compare the reduction in her budget to Tax Collectors! For that matter compare her department to any other county department. She has worked hard to reduce waste and maximize resources. She is a faithful servant of the people. Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.

  6. Twiggy Says:

    Things that make you go hmmmmmm.

  7. Loximama Says:

    This complaint was a political ploy in a campaign because Margolis was a crappy candidate and was losing by a wide margin. His campaign consultant filed the complaint in a last ditch effort to try to boost his numbers.

    Bucher is doing an excellent job, has saved us millions of dollars and can get the votes counted correctly.

    She will win re-election handily.

  8. Barb Says:

    The don’t like Bucher because she is smart & not under the leash of Wexler, Deutch, Sachs, Slosberg & Aaronson.

  9. Waffelrezept Says:

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