Voters hit polls despite coronavirus scare

Scott Singer faces off against Bernard Korn. Pictured at Federation of Boca Raton Homeowners Association Candidate Forum. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer

Voters who hadn’t already early voted or mailed-in their ballots ventured out of their homes and offices to cast their vote in the midst of an evolving Coronavirus pandemic on March 17.

Nineteen Palm Beach County residents had tested positive as of March 18, with 80 residents in Broward and 76 in Miami — total of 314 Florida residents, according to Florida Dept. of Health.

Surprisingly, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections (PBSOE) Wendy Sartory Link reported a 26.3 percent voter turnout in the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary & Uniform Municipal Election.

As of press time, Scott Singer took 88.58 percent or 13,037 votes, compared to contender Bernard Korn’s 11.42 percent or 1,680 votes. A total 14,717 votes were cast in Boca’s Municipal Election.

Singer supporter Nick Santiago parked his decked out “Re-Elect Singer” Van in the parking lot of the Center for Spiritual Living polling place on 12th Avenue in Boca.

Asked how the voting traffic was, Santiago said, “It’s pretty quiet. I saw a lot more activity at Early Voting at Spanish River Library. An Election Deputy seated outside said, “It’s been kind of like usual.”

What wasn’t usual is, inside the polling place, voters were asked to take a seat upon entry.

They were individually called up, one at a time to avoid crowds, to sign in. Poll workers wearing gloves had the ability to wipe the screen before and after a voter signed in — if requested. No gloves were distributed to voters to vote, even upon request. As of 2:20 p.m. 138 voters had voted at this location. Five new voters walked in immediately after.

In the Presidential Primary, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took the states of Florida, Arizona and Illinois, which all held their scheduled elections on March 17. Ohio, also supposed to hold an Election this date, deferred theirs due to the Covid-19 situation.

In Palm Beach County, the PBSOE reported Biden receiving 69.65 percent of the Democratic vote and Bernie Sanders receiving 15.90 percent.

Undecided voters were still able to record a vote for contenders who had since suspended their campaigns. Of those, Michael Bloomberg took the highest percent at 9.50 percent, followed by Pete Buttigieg with 1.87 percent, Elizabeth Warren with 1.14 percent, and Amy Klobuchar with 0.81 percent.

872 of 872 precincts had reported as of Wednesday, March 18 at 1 p.m., with all Election Day and Early Voting tabulated. Only Vote-By-Mail ballots were partially reported.