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Palm Beach County votes...?


It would be nice if the words, "Palm Beach County," evoked images of swaying palms, pristine beaches, and the good life when uttered abroad.

If only. Last week, I opened a lecture in Austria with an explanation of how George W. Bush got elected back in 2000. "I happen to be from Palm Beach County," I said, and immediately heads in the crowd started nodding up and down. "Ach, ja, ja," they said knowingly. "Der Falterfischwahlzettel! (the butterfly ballot!)" It sounds so much worse in German, doesn't it?

Here it is, eight years later, and we're still appealing to anybody who will listen to help us out of our electoral morass. Maybe the Jimmy Carter Center will come to our rescue.

Say what you will about Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Maryland) and his weaselly residency irregularities; that's small potatoes compared to his greatest sin, foisting Elections Supervisor Without Peer Dr. Arthur Anderson upon us. Safely ensconced in Civil Service Pension Valhalla, Theresa LePore is having a good laugh.

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From the first non-paid meeting Dr. Anderson called of all poll workers when he took office t othe present, his tenure has been a disaster. During that 2 hour meeting he did nothing but promote himself and tell us how smart he was and how dumb we were. What has just occurred in the most recent election was inevitable. The voters of PBC got what we deserve by voting Theresa LaPore out. She made the better of 2 bad choices. It was we citizens who screwed up by not doing our homework before voting. We all received sample ballots in the mail beforehand and were too lazy nd over confident to study them. I wonder if we can get the much maligned LaPore baaack to straighten out the mess and get rid of not only Anderson but most of his inept staff.

Before retirement, I used to program computers, so I know how easy it would be to doctor those machines. I know of a patch I could have written and installed between cups of coffee. It would have taken an expert to find that patch. When I still lived in Florida, I called Rep. Wexler's office, because of his supposed interest in the lack of a paper trail, and explained it to whoever it was that answered the phone. I was assured that they were quite concerned and that someone would get back to me. Nobody ever did.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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