Voters will head to the polls Tuesday for municipal elections in 21 of Palm Beach County’s 39 cities and towns.
Voting precincts will be opened from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in those municipalities, which stretch from Boca Raton to Jupiter and west to Pahokee.
Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher has been meeting with residents across the county in hopes of getting more voters to cast ballots. Turnout in municipal elections varies depending on the city or town, she said.
As of Thursday night, Bucher’s office had mailed more 51,749 absentee ballots. Just over 8,000 had been returned, she said.
For voters who haven’t yet mailed their absentee ballot, Bucher said they can be dropped off by 7 p.m. Tuesday at her main office, 240 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach.
Bucher’s satellite offices will accept ballots until 5 p.m. Tuesday. They are located at 3188 PGA Blvd., Room #2401, Palm Beach Gardens; 345 S. Congress Ave., Room #103, Delray Beach; and 2976 State Road 15, Belle Glade.
Among the races to watch this year: former West Palm Beach City Commissioner Alfred “Al” Zucaro will face off against incumbent Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie.
Zucaro, who runs the blog Boca Watch, is a nine-year resident of Boca Raton. He served as a city commissioner in West Palm Beach for eight years before an unsuccessful mayoral bid. Also in Boca Raton, Councilman Scott Singer faces a challenge from Patty Dervishi for Seat A, and three newcomers will square off for Seat B.
In Gulf Stream, millionaire resident Martin O’Boyle is one of seven candidates vying for five open seats on the Town Commission. He will face Julio M. Martinez and incumbents Paul A. Lyons Jr., Scott W. Morgan, Joan K. Orthwein, Thomas M. Stanley and Donna S. White. The top five vote getters will win the open seats.
In 2015, town officials filed suit against O’Boyle. The suit claimed O’Boyle and Christopher O’Hare filed 1,700 public-records requests in the preceding two years not because they wanted the information but as part of a money-making scheme. When Gulf Stream’s staff couldn’t keep up with the requests, O’Boyle filed lawsuits or pre-suit settlement demands in excess of costs and fees, the town claimed.
A federal appeals court last year upheld U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra’s June 2015 decision dismissing Gulf Stream’s lawsuit against O’Boyle and O’Hare.