Hillsborough supervisor of elections rejects criticism

08/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Voters in Hillsborough County have received Voting Guides from the Supervisor of Elections Office over the past few weeks, in anticipation of next week’s primary. But there’s criticism for that seemingly uncontroversial mail piece. That’s because in the left-hand corner of the front page of the mailer, a symbol says: “It’s up to you to vote” and next to the word vote is Buddy Johnson’s name.

Over the weekend, the St. Petersburg Times reported that two county vans have been painted with reminders that Florida has switched to paper ballots. The vans show large pens on each side that say: "Voting with a paper trail," along with Johnson's name and title. His name and title also are on the back.

Johnson's potential challenger in November’s election, Democrat Phyllis Busansky, is blasting the vans, calling them a subtle campaign advertisement. She told the Times: "The state has not mandated him to use those funds for his own personal campaigning. I think he's just desperate."

WMNF spoke with Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson yesterday about the recent controversy.

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