Fla. elections chief wants more early voting

Published On: Feb 04 2013 05:42:18 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 04 2013 05:52:38 PM EST

Waiting to vote Nov. 6, 2012, outside the Duval County Supervisor of Elections office.


Florida's top election official wants more time and more places for early voting.

That was the top recommendation Secretary of State Ken Detzner gave Gov. Rick Scott on Monday in a 12-page report that details everything that went wrong in November's General Election.

Scott asked for the report in the wake of the 2012 election where some voters spent hours waiting in line. It also took days for the state to finish counting ballots.

"Voter confidence must be restored," Detzner told a House Committee on Monday.

Scott has already endorsed giving counties up to 14 days of early voting. Scott two years ago signed a bill that cut the number of days available for early voting.

Detzner is also recommending that the deadline for requesting absentee ballots be moved up. He also advocates limiting constitutional amendments to 75 words in order to keep the ballot from being too long.

DOCUMENT:  Read the full report

The report came after Detzner consulted with several county supervisor of elections, including Duval County's Jerry Holland.

"Some of the challenges faces this election season, such as an unprecedented ballot length and a lack of flexibility in early voting sites, were universal complaints amongst my elections colleagues," Holland said in a statement released Monday afternoon.  "I fully support the Secretary's findings. This is a starting point for real election solutions."

The recommendations are getting high marks from the League of Women Voters.

"The expanding the number of days of early voting and expanding the number of sites where early voting can take place those are both absolutely great recommendations," said LWV president Jessica Lowe Minor.

In addition to fixing long lines, the LWV and the American Civil Liberties Union say the state must also make it easier for people to register to vote.


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