Elections Commission fines Oliphant $10,000 for neglecting elections duties in 2002: South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "But commissioners and their staff said that Oliphant willfully neglected her duties, resulting in 23 polls not opening by 7 a.m. and 32 polls failing to heed to governor's order to stay open past 7 p.m. so that voters could cast a ballot.
'Her failure was willful,' said Eric Lipman, the commission's assistant general counsel. 'She said she relied on her staffÂ but you can't be a ceremonial head. She abdicated her responsibility.'
The Elections Commission had charged Oliphant with 55 violations of state election law, which could carry a maximum fine of $55,000. Judge Claude Arrington knocked it down to two violations, suggesting a $2,000 fine - but no more than $10,000 - because of the former supervisor's financial troubles. The commission on Friday, however, re-upped the total to 55."
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