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Secretary of State Ken Detzner issues statement about Palm Beach County voting



Apparently, some voters in Palm Beach County are confused about how a closed party primary works.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner released a statement this afternoon "on voting in Palm Beach County" today.

He noted his office "has spoken with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office and all eligible voters are able to vote."

"Anyone who is registered as No Party Affiliation (NPA) is not able to vote for a Republican or Democratic nominee in the Presidential Preference Primary," Detzner said. "No Party Affiliation voters who showed up at the polls were provided with ballots for local municipal races. Pursuant to Florida law, only voters registered for one of Florida’s major political parties by the bookclosing deadline (February 16) are eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary."

It's unclear what exactly prompted the statement.

Susan Bucher, Palm Beach County's supervisor of elections, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Like parts of Miami-Dade and Broward, several Palm Beach County municipalities have local elections today in addition to the presidential primary.

The Palm Beach Post reported earlier today that Sean Hannity said on his national radio show that Donald Trump supporters seeking to vote for him in Jupiter weren't able to do so.

The newspaper quoted Bucher as saying dozens of people were "really mad" because they couldn't vote in the presidential primary because they failed to change or register their party affiliation.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:11pm]


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