County Supervisor Of Elections
Nonpartisan (all voters vote)

Susan Bucher

  • Incumbent seeking re-election
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Education: Some college
  • Business courses, Palomar College
  • Business courses, Mira Costa College
    • Recent Job: Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, 2008-2016
  • Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, 2008-2016
  • House member, Florida State House of Representatives, 2000-2008 House member
  • Legislative aide, Florida Legislature, 1992-2000
  • Planning, Zoning and Building Director, Village of Palm Springs, 1991 -1992
  • CRA Director, Westgate/Belvedere Homes, 1989 - 1991
  • Palm Beach County Planning, Zoning & Building, 1985-1989
  • Energy Conservation/Planner, San Diego Gas & Electric, 1979 -1985
  • Contributions reported

    Last updated: Aug. 23, 2016. Details.

    Previous races

    Won
    Lost

    Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections (2008 - Present)

    Florida House of Representatives (2000 - 2008)

    Other Political Experience

  • Legislative Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • SOE Certification Committee with Florida Association of Supervisors of Elections
  • Do you think Palm Beach County voters should approve the penny-per-dollar sales tax increase?
    As the non-partisan Supervisor of Elections, I do not express opinions on political issues.
    Do you support legislation to broaden access to the ballot through open primaries or letting people change party affiliation on election day?
    Yes. The loop holes that exist have been brought to the attention of the legislature for many years, i.e. write-in's to close primary elections and problems with motor voter registration applications without party affiliations. The attempts to address these issues have been unsuccessful to date. I believe the legislature should make party affiliation a mandatory field on the voter registration form to bring to the attention of the voter that Florida is a closed primary state.
    Are ballots in Palm Beach County being counted as efficiently and quickly as possible?
    Yes. With the use of off-site cartridge reading stations, the development of technical programs to verify provisional ballots during the voting day and the schedule established to canvass absentee ballots prior to Election Day, as allowed by law, has not only increased the efficiency of counting ballots, but it has provided for quick and accurate results on a regular basis.
    Are you satisfied with Palm Beach County’s optical-scanning voting machines?
    Yes. Because the state of Florida only has two state certified vendors from whom the supervisor may purchase election equipment, we have limited choices, however, we continue to watch progress in other states who are working to develop voting equipment using current, off the shelf technology that would not only improve the voting experience, but would also provide for quick, accurate and easier tabulation.
    Has the necessary training and firmware updates been done to prevent voting malfunctions that occured for the disabled and others in 2014?
    Yes. The computer upgrade provided by the vendor in 2012 contained a problem that was reported to the state and to the vendor. With the help of the Florida Blind Association, the state required the vendor to fix the computer software and the touch screen program no longer erases the program card while being turned on. Poll worker training has also been enhanced to provide for more hands on experiences and we have added additional field assistance on Election Days.

    Competitors for this race

    Christine Spain

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