Deborah Clark, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, Ignores Rick Scott's Directive

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Last week, Gov. Rick Scott dropped the news that all-new totally unnecessary restrictions on how and where voters can return absentee ballots would be underway soon, further moving his voter suppression crusade along.

Aside from messing with a process that didn't need messing with, Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner both failed to actually consult any of the state's election officials and supervisors, creating an even more unnecessary rift between the Gov and these officials.

But now, one official -- Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark -- is fighting back by simply ignoring Scott's directive.

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark ain't care.

See also: Rick Scott's Voter Suppression Now Targeting Absentee Ballots

With a special election set to kick off to replace the recently deceased Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Pinellas County, Clark is fighting The Man by going along with her usual plan of using remote drop-off sites so that voters in her county can keep voting by absentee ballots without hassle.

Last Monday, Detzner issued an order to all 67 state elections supervisors that imposes new restrictions on how and where voters can return their completed absentee ballots.

Basically meaning that anyone who wants to vote by mail will need to return ballots to elections offices only, as opposed to dropping them off at prearranged places that were more convenient for them.

In a statement to Detzner and Scott, Clark mentioned the popularity of the remote drop-off areas in her county, and how these places have saved taxpayers money -- which is something you would think Scott would be totally about.

Clark broke down the streamlined way things operate in her county, and how the drop-off boxes are taken directly to her office when things are done.

"I am confident that the drop-off locations maintained throughout Pinellas County are secure," Clark said in the statement.

Clark also said that her system is "in full compliance with the law," adding, "I plan to continue using them, including in the impending special primary election."

Neither Detzner nor Scott have commented on Clark's statement, but the state could file a lawsuit against Clark to try to force her to follow their orders.

Of course, if Scott and Detzner do nothing, this will then empower the other election supervisors to also ignore the directive.

This could be one of the most interesting and wholly unnecessary games of chicken we've seen in some time in Florida.

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Sheila Pechman
Sheila Pechman

All Supervisors of Elections in every county needs to follow suit


If the people can take their ballot to a drop point why can they not vote like the rest? Mailing in means you are somewhere else. Like serving in the Military or State Department. 

"I am confident that the drop-off locations maintained throughout Pinellas County are secure," Clark said in the statement.

Lord help her. She is confident. She has not ever seen the crap in Broward County Elections. 


How is it "voting by mail" if someone doesn't mail their ballot?  Do you even realize that voters can still mail in their absentee ballots?


@Sheila Pechman  

and allow illegals to vote?

Do you know there is ZERO validation of a voters registration application.

none at all.  you can make up names, and as long as its a valid address you will get a voters card for your cat. 

now since we don't require a ID card to vote, anyone can take that voter registration card and vote.

-How can this be allowed?  

-or, is the master plan, to allow illegals to enter the country because the borders are not closed, then let them vote for the people that allow them to enter illegally.

since 1 party want to feed and house anyone here legally or not, they get the votes from illegals.

-just like the end of fillabusters, careful for what you wish for.  -someday things could change the other way.



@redd Illegals are not voting.  Why would they put themselves at risk of deportation just to try to screw up a single election?  Logic just does not work for the right wing, does it?

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