Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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It's not every day you see Democratic lawmakers condemning one of their own, but that's what happened this week after the elections supervisor in Florida's largest county decided to relocate a polling site from an Islamic center over residents’ complaints.

Though at least 90 churches and five synagogues were selected to serve as polling locations in Palm Beach County this year, the Islamic Center of Boca Raton was removed as a site last week. The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations quickly criticized the relocation of the polling site to a local library as Islamophobic, as did two Boca Raton-area U.S. representatives, Democrats Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch.

The decision from the county elections supervisor, Susan Bucher, appeared even more unusual given her progressive credentials. Bucher earned a reputation as “the relentless fly in the GOP soup” during her eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, where she spearheaded fights to expand healthcare access and subjected her Republican colleagues's legislative proposals to sharp-tongued questioning.

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