Despite busy morning and large lunch crowds, elections officials report slow afternoon at precinctsby Ana Valdes | January 31st, 2012
While larger crowds of voters filled Palm Beach County precincts this morning and at lunch, precincts are not that busy this afternoon, according to elections officials.
An election deputy at Precinct 1066, located at the West Jupiter Recreation Center, said only about 200 people had voted as of 1:15 p.m., despite the fact that this precinct has 1,166 registered Republicans, the third largest number in the county.
Susan Bucher, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, said she’s seen a ”steady clip of voters” visiting polls, and she expects polls to get busier after voters finish their workday.
“But we won’t really know until polls close,” she said outside the recreation center.
Before visiting precincts in Jupiter, Bucher stopped by Howard Park in West Palm Beach, where she told Palm Beach Post photographer Lannis Waters that ”things are pretty smooth. There’s a steady clip of voters.” Only 35 people had voted at Howard Park as of 1 p.m., Bucher said.
Bucher also visited St. Edward Church in Palm Beach, the busiest precinct so far, she said. As of 1 p.m., 272 people at voted at St. Edward, which has 1,200 registered Republicans, the second largest in the county.