Temple west of Boynton removed as polling location after 2016 issue


A temple in which some suburban Boynton Beach residents are used to casting their votes is no longer serving as a polling location.

Those who usually vote at Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Boynton Beach at 10655 El Clair Ranch Rd. have been told by the Supervisor of Election’s Office to go to Faith United Methodist Church at 6340 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.

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The change of location for Precinct 5026 came as a surprise to at least one resident and a rabbi at the temple.

Elections supervisor Susan Bucher told The Palm Beach Post the change of location was prompted by an issue during the 2016 election. She said the temple posted an armed guard at the entrance and allowed only those with a synagogue ID to park in the parking lot. Everyone else had to park on the street, she said.

“I had a problem with him having a guard at a polling location so we moved,” Bucher told The Palm Beach Post.

Rabbi Sholom Ciment told Bucher in an email that voters were not denied access to the Chabad polling station and legal, accessible parking was available at all times to all voters.

The rabbi emailed Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary Lou Berger and asked her to intervene. Berger replied that she spoke with Bucher about the change but that the supervisor does not answer to the county commission.



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