Unclear If Potential Delays Are Affecting All Ballots Delivered To “Ballot Vans.”
Link Ignores Question During Three Minute, Rambling Voicemail Message. Hear It.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
UPDATE: 8:48 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2020: Supervisor Link just emailed us the following statement: “We are receiving approximately 10,000 ballots per day in our off-site ballot drop boxes, as well as what we receive in the mail. If a ballot was received on Monday, it will be processed at our warehouse on Tuesday (Wednesday at the latest). Once it is processed in our system, it will be uploaded and updated on to our website during that night. That would mean that it would show on our website by Thursday. I know some of them are processed faster and show up faster.”
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Wendy Sartory Link is refusing to answer questions about processing delays involving mail-in ballots that are hand-delivered to “ballot vans.”
More than 24 hours after BocaNewsNow.com first asked questions about concerns we received of ballots not showing “accepted” in the county’s online tracking system, Link has refused to offer insight or address whether this is a problem. She did, however, leave a nearly three minute voicemail message blasting our reporting. At no time in the entire message did she answer our simple questions or suggest that she would seek an explanation. You can listen to the message here:
BocaNewsNow.com first posed our questions to Supervisor of Elections media specialist Judy Lamey. In a terse email Tuesday afternoon, she said that she’s unable to answer questions. We then called Lamey — paid by Palm Beach County taxpayers to serve as a media liaison for Supervisor Link — but she would only confirm what she wrote in the email: she’s not authorized to discuss the matter. Lamey explained that her job is really just to forward media requests to Link, much like a secretary.
We again emailed Lamey, the media specialist, Wednesday afternoon to learn if Supervisor Link could now provide information about the delayed ballot processing. She did not respond to our email.
It is unclear if personally delivering ballots to ballot vans in Palm Beach County is currently an effective way of avoiding the U.S. Postal Service. We will update if Supervisor Link chooses to address voters who are concerned about the apparent processing delays.
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