Florida’s top elections official said he expects changes in the St. Lucie County elections office, and Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker confirmed Tuesday personnel moves are on the way. Walker reassured her plans won’t cost anyone a job, however. “We’re rearranging, that’s all,” Walker said Tuesday. “Nobody is going to be going anywhere.” Walker said she’ll be reassigning responsibilities in her office after Secretary of State Ken Detzner visited last week to discuss election woes. The changes will be specific to information technology and how votes are tabulated. They also will address redundancies, Walker said.
Walker’s explanation came after Detzner mentioned Monday that St. Lucie would be making changes. He addressed the issue in Tallahassee after the presidential electors’ meeting in the Florida Senate chambers.
“(Walker) said she’s going to make some changes and I think she’ll do it,” Detzner said Monday. He didn’t explain further.
Department of State spokesman Chris Cate said Detzner won’t offer specific ideas for St. Lucie yet, but stressed that it’s helpful when elections workers are multitaskers. Detzner visited five “underperforming” elections supervisors offices last week. A full report on those visits, which Gov. Rick Scott has requested, will come out in late January.