Florida's election problems under the microscope

5:44 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
Hundreds of voters arrived at the Miami-Dade Elections Headquarters on Sunday after learning they would get another opportunity to request, fill out, and submit last-minute absentee ballots.
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Tallahassee, Florida - Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says the long lines that many voters experienced last November are unacceptable and he's looking at ways to fix that problem.

Some voters reported waiting in line for six hours or more to cast ballots. That problem and extended vote counting in some areas prompted Detzner to visit five counties after the election to find out what went wrong.

Detzner says he's compiling that information now and will deliver a report on the election issues to Gov. Rick Scott.

Detzner expects to meet with legislative leaders as well to talk about how state law can be changed to make elections run better.

"Clearly, long lines are unacceptable to the governor and the legislature and we're going to address some specific issues about locations and flexibility on locations and perhaps looking at the length of time, maybe even expanding the number of days that early voting occurs in Florida."

Detzner says his tour of the five counties showed him there must be flexibility in Florida's election laws. He says one size does not fit all when it comes to elections.

Detzner says he will submit the final election report to Gov. Scott by February 1.

Dave Heller

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