Butterfly Ballot Designer Speaks Out

“It hurts” LePore said. “I did have a lot of support but there are a lot of people I am getting a lot of hate mail.”

But despite the “horrible things” that people have said about her, she said that she will stay on as Palm Beach County’s supervisor of elections and plans to seek re-election in 2004.

LePore said the hardest part of the last six weeks has been people she thought were friends demanding her resignation, calling her a “closet Republican” and accusing her of being “paid off” as part of a conspiracy to elect Bush.

“If I was paid off, why am I here instead of the Bahamas?” she said.

LePore has been an elections worker for most of her life. She started in the Palm Beach office in 1971 at the age of 16.

A die-hard Democrat and daughter of a former West Palm Beach commissioner, she slowly moved up the ladder until she was elected to her current post in 1996.

She refused to say who she voted for but hinted that she may change her party affiliation to independent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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