One on one with Palm Beach County's new Supervisor of Elections
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Governor Ron DeSantis named Wendy Sartory Link as the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections after suspending Susan Bucher.
Link said in an interview with CBS12 she is ready to get to work.
“We’re going to make sure everyone has confidence that their vote counts,” said Link.
She’s only officially been on the job one hour, but Link knows exactly what she plans to accomplish over the next two years.
“You can have faith in what we’re going to do and you can have confidence that we’re going to be open and transparent, and we’re going to be impartial and nonpartisan in everything we do,” said Link.
Link is a Palm Beach County native and prominent attorney who is heavily involved in community service.
She was appointed to the position Friday when Governor DeSantis suspended Palm Beach County’s Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, citing broken laws and a recount embarrassment.
When asked if Bucher deserved to be suspended Link hesitated to answer.
“It’s truly not mine to talk about. Really I’m focused on internally going forward and restoring that and that’s where my focus is. I don’t want to have any distractions. I just want to keep going and do what I need to do,” said Link.
One of the first things Link said she’ll do is look at new voting machines.
“I’ll be meeting Wednesday with the company that is likely to be providing our voting machines and we’ll talk to them about what it is. I have a lot to catch up and learn but I’ll do that Wednesday,” said Link.
The machines have been a source of contention in the past.
Susan Bucher blamed them for the failed recount in November.
“Based on what I read the machines were a problem and they’ve been a problem for a lot of years now so I think it’s going to make a big difference,” said Link.
The new machines will be available for the 2020 election according to Link.
“We’ll use the current machines for the municipal March election but they’re decertified effective June 1st. So we will definitely have new machines, and my goal is to get them on board as quickly as we can so we can work with them and make sure everybody is properly educated in the way they work,” said Link.
There will be some changes for voters though.
“Right now we use the straight line arrow and with the new machines it will be filling in the oval. We’ll do voter education so everyone understands how it’ll look differently to them,” said Link.
Link said she plans only to serve until 2020 and won’t seek reelection.
Watch the full interview below: