BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Voters in Palm Beach County, Florida have been assigned to polling stations in about 80 Christian churches and five synagogues or Jewish centers this year, along with schools, government buildings and other locations. Until last week, a single mosque was part of this mix.
Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher had invited the Islamic Center of Boca Raton to host a polling site for the Aug. 30 Florida primary and Nov. 8 general elections.
Then she disinvited the mosque after an anti-Islamic backlash.
She told the center's president that she received about 50 complaints, including threats of violence, from people who don't want to vote in a mosque, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida.
But moving the polling station to a nearby library hasn't saved Bucher from criticism.