Busansky suceeds Johnson as Supervisor of Elections

11/07/08 Seán Kinane
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Republican incumbent Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson conceded defeat to his Democratic challenger Phyllis Busansky after two days of delays in counting most of Hillsborough County’s early votes.

Last night, WMNF asked County Commissioner and canvassing board member Rose Ferlita about Busansky’s victory over Johnson. Ferlita called the election process “not acceptable,” from voters being given incomplete ballots on Election Day, to provisional ballots being left unsecured in the lobby of the Supervisor of Elections office, to the two-day delay in tallying the Hillsborough vote.

Phyllis Busansky has the opportunity to react to these problems and do a better job after taking the office, Ferlita said.

Canvas board member Kevin White said that despite the delays and other problems, the votes were counted accurately.

WMNF contacted the Busansky campaign, but they said she was not available today. We hope to bring you an interview with Busansky on Monday’s newscast.

Today, Buddy Johnson told the Tampa Tribune, "Premier could have done a better job in explaining what the uploading challenges were." He said the company assured Hillsborough’s technicians that up to 20,000 ballots could be processed from each machine.

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