Palm Beach County’s elections supervisor moved quickly to remove a Boca Raton mosque from a list of polling locations when she sensed voters were upset, according to records released Friday. But when her decision became public, she received even more emails criticizing her for discriminating against Muslims and giving into threats. The emails, released by the elections office in response to a public records request, provide the most comprehensive account yet on what led Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher to remove the Islamic Center of Boca Raton as a voting site. Complaints from voters started coming in by phone and email in late June, shortly after cards were mailed to voters showing their polling location as the mosque, at 3480 NW Fifth Ave., the emails show.
One email dated June 29 informed Bucher that concerned voters were “going to put together a team of protestors and reporters” if she did not “secure a better location.”
That day, Bucher emailed her chief deputy, “Looks like this is becoming a bigger problem that I thought. Can we see if there is anywhere else we can move to. Thank you.”
Bucher, a Democrat, is seeking to be re-elected to her nonpartisan post. Most voters wrote to Bucher that they felt uneasy casting their ballot at a mosque — although they didn’t cite specific objections. None of the emails contains threats.