Some Palm Beach Gardens voters didn’t get notice candidate dropped out

David Levy and Carl Woods are running for the Group 4 seat on Palm Beach Gardens City Council. Courtesy photos

David Levy and Carl Woods are running for the Group 4 seat on Palm Beach Gardens City Council. Courtesy photos

There are two candidates in the only contested Palm Beach Gardens City Council race, but there are three names on the ballot.

Here’s why that could be confusing for voters. Billy Benson, a campaign consultant for Carl Woods, said at least two locations didn’t have the notice poll workers were supposed to give voters informing them Kevin Easton had dropped out of the race for the Group 4 seat.

“It’s insanity,” he said. “I haven’t been involved in a campaign that was as screwed up as this one.”

Easton exited the race in February, after the ballots were sent to print Dec. 28. Marsh Pointe Elementary School and the Church of the Nazarene were among the places that didn’t have the notices, Benson said. He was driving around Tuesday afternoon to survey the other locations.

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher earlier today said when her office was alerted, someone went to the Church of the Nazarene with fliers and posted them by lunch time. She said Tuesday evening she wasn’t sure how many polling places were affected, although she didn’t think it was very many.

Bucher said she had no idea how many voters cast ballots before the notice was provided.

Easton backs Woods, who is running against incumbent David Levy. Easton has encouraged his supporters to do the same. If Levy wins, Woods’ team could contest the election because of the issue, Benson said.

The same sheet of paper contains another notice to voters that the Group 2 City Council seat is filled by default. Maria Marino was only candidate in that race after Takeata King Pang dropped out early this year.

Palm Beach Post reporters Sonja Isger and Jennifer Sorentrue contributed to this report.

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