By Damien Strowbridge
The supervisor of elections office has been swamped with phone calls down to people dropping off absentee ballots today. Today has been going smoothly today. There’s a panel of people that duplicate ballots that are not going through in the canvassing room at the main head quarter at the Orange Blossom Mall. At 3:57 p.m. all was quiet in the canvassing board of the absentee ballot. First there’s a printer, then it goes to the duplicate team, there’s an over looker that makes sure that nothing gets changed on the ballots.
Debra is an absentee coordinator and she makes sure that’s the request are went through an makes sure that they are returned to the systems. Outside there’s a group of supporters for Kim Johnson and other candidates, Mr. Johnson is running for county commission district 5, he will provide adults children and family to develop better than before. This is his first year running for office and is looking good!! November 20 if elected will be the start date of working for the people and the community. 37,000 people have voted early says Mrs. Walker
Cindy Avery assistant clerk for precinct 28 states that “very busy start lots and lots of new voters, it’s been very steady”.
80% turn out is what she projected and she’s projected to hit that mark by the end of the night. “I voted “stated a lady walking out of the precinct. Everyone seemed to be doing their part and letting their voice be heard. “We have broken down all of the voters by gender, race, and age in the Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie area. There were a total of 37,352 voters that voted early in the saint Lucie county area
A supporter for Gertrude Walker stated the “if it’s not broken don’t fix it she has done a great job making sure that this and prior elections go smoothly and with no mistakes”.
Supervisor of election for 32 years and working at the office for 42 years and counting. Despite everything that has happened with the missing ballets,
Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker admitted mistakes were made election night when uploading results from the last three days of early voting, blaming human and machine errors.
“I’m not perfect, neither is my staff,” Walker said during a press conference.
Out of 94 precincts, the first 40 — most of them in Fort Pierce — weren’t counted at all and the last 54 — mostly in Port St. Lucie and the county — were counted twice, which explains why city votes increased and county votes decreased after the Nov. 11 retabulation of the votes from Nov. 1-3.
There were 3,635 counted twice and 1,953 not scanned at all.
The Nov. 11 retabulation corrected the error, Walker said.
“I’m confident that every vote has been counted accurately,” Walker said.
Gertrude Walker ends up beating her opponent Stephanie Morgan for another 4 years in office.