Thoughtful election reform in Fla.? Maybe

Published On: Apr 09 2013 04:42:10 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

In 2011, state lawmakers rushed through massive changes to state election law while ignoring those who had to administer it. It resulted in Florida being the laughing stock of the nation when votes weren't counted till Friday.

But this time lawmakers are being careful about fixing the problems. The fixes include more early voting hours and more early voting locations.

"Fairgrounds, civic centers, courthouses, county commission buildings, stadiums, convention centers," said Sen. Jack Latvala, R-St. Petersburg.

The election fix passed on party lines.

Democrats say it doesn't go far enough.

"Not just going to settle for mediocre elections bill," said Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale.

The legislation also limits the number of words that can be used on constitutional amendments. This past election, voters say the entire test of lengthy amendments caused the long lines.

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