Palm Beach County elections fixture Theresa LePore reappears at supervisors’ meeting – as a vendorby Dara Kam | May 16th, 2012
The former Palm Beach County supervisor of elections gained infamy for the notorious “butterfly ballots” and pregnant chads that became forever entwined with the 2000 presidential election debacle.
Now LePore, who lost her reelection bid to former PBC elections chief Arthur Anderson in 2004, is one of the vendors pitching their products to the state’s 67 elections supervisors.
LePore works for Democracy Live, a company that uses cloud software to allow military and overseas voters to cast absentee ballots. Her company, which is partnering with Microsoft, doesn’t have anything to do with tabulation or ballot designs.
“It’s kind of fun seeing everybody and intermingling with my former co-partners,” LePore said.
She smiled when asked about the tension between state and local elections officials over a controversial non-citizen voter purge list. State officials gave the list of 2,600 potential non-citizens who are also registered voters to local elections chiefs, who are now learning that many of those identified on the list have become citizens.
LePore was PBC elections chief during a controversial purging of felons during the 2000 and 2002 elections when thousands of voters were erroneously removed from the voting rolls.
“It’s like déjà vu,” LePore said. “I’m sure there’s reasons about everything. I’m not sure they’re good reasons.”