Fl. Gov. Scott outlines statewide election reforms

Governor Rick Scott released the following statement, outlining his call for election reforms after a briefing with Secretary of State Ken Detzner:

early voting“I asked Secretary Detzner to meet with election supervisors following the November election to identify specific ways we can fix the problems we saw in some counties with long lines and delayed reporting. Our ultimate goal must be to restore Floridians’ confidence in our election system. I asked Sec. Detzner for a report with specific election reform recommendations, because I want to ensure we do whatever possible to improve our election system from the statewide level.

“In short, these reforms need to address the three major areas I have previously outlined. We need shorter ballots. We need more early voting days, which should include an option of the Sunday before Election Day. And, we need more early voting locations.  From my briefing with Sec. Detzner today, I believe all these reforms are strongly supported by the input and experiences of local election supervisors and others that the department met with for ideas on improving our current system – a system clearly in need of improvement.

“The detail of these three overarching reforms will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  •  More Early Voting Days – Increase the number of days available for early voting. We should allow Supervisors of Elections the flexibility to offer anywhere between eight and 14 days of early voting. Hours of operation should range between six and 12 hours a day.  This should include the Sunday before Election Day, allowing Supervisors the option to accommodate the needs of their community as they requested in committee meetings this week.  This would also allow the greatest access to early voting ever in Florida history – at up to 168 hours.
  •  More Early Voting Locations – Work with Supervisors to allow more and larger early voting locations to help reduce wait times, long lines, and to better convenience voters.
  •  Shorter Ballot – Reduce the length of the ballot, including the description of proposed constitutional amendments.

“I appreciate the secretary’s work in support of our goal to give all Floridians confidence in the fairness and accessibility of our election system.  We must continually push to make improvements, and I look forward to working with the Legislature on a bi-partisan bill to implement these reforms this session.  I also appreciate the Legislature and the Supervisors of Elections for their feedback in committee meetings this week. As the Legislature continues its work, I look forward to working together to craft legislation that will ensure successful elections by making these important statewide reforms.”

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  • Pawanna

    I don't see anything here about all the fraud in some of the south east counties – again… this really makes me so darn mad… it is 2013 – we even have a statement on the back of the card "bring photo id"…. and how come some places were allowind registration and voting on the same damed day!

  • Cassandra

    Disgusting. More early voting equals more time to tamper with ballots.

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    Good time to work on election questions. Not a month before the election. Fooling with the voting requirements during the last election went a long way in getting voters out who thought the state was trying to restrict their voting rights. You had people waiting more than eight hours to vote. Many said they voted primarily because they thought the state and the GOP was trying to stop their votes from counting. Timing is everything. Bad changes and bad timing can come back to bite you on the butt. Wouldn't you agree from this end of the election?

  • Todd C

    There are improvements that can be made related to location options for early voting with enough parking to accommodate the voter traffic. It does change the campaign strategies as campaigns will focus more of their time working the polling locations in those last two weeks because they know the have the votes that count, meaning this is their target audience, a voter who is committed to voting.

    Therefore, along with these election reforms there needs to be major reforms as to where the line of voter contact is drawn? Should campaigns or PACs be allowed to provide incentives including food and water to those in lines or is that the voter's individual responsibility? How will campaigns and PACs be addressed legally should they break those laws? Will private property owner rights be upheld and protected against legal intimidation tactics of PACs and campaigns when polling locations are on a private property shopping plaza or private property church? (Intimidation tactics did play against private property owners in Orange County)

  • http://BarbersofRoyalPalmBeach Joseph Murratti

    What about just making Election Day a holiday & just have EVERYONE vote on that Tuesday?, like it always WAS. Early voting makes for more FRAUD. There were people BRAGGING they voted 3 & 4 times.

    And what about the VETTING PROCESS FOR PRESIDENT.. THERE IS NONE IN FLORIDA. Whatever the 2 Parties say to the S of S is taken at face value, WITH NO VALIDATION, CERTIFICATION or just VERIFYING. PATHETIC!The Demoncrats play by NO RULES, the RINOS play by old rules, BOTH care less for the PEOPLE they are suppose to SERVE. I'M FOR TERM LIMITS.

  • Ladyliberty

    The evidence for vote fraud was huge, but NOTHING is said about that. Rick Scott will not get re-elected, and Dims will do MORE vote fraud, and then the fate of the state will be sealed. Dumbass Pubbies, dumbass, dumbass, dumbass. Moving out of the this God-forsaken, self-destructive state. Good riddance.

  • GOP Lady

    More days of early vioting favor the Dem and are certain to increase fraud. Everyone should vote on election day. Business and all close for the day, Absentee ballots should be limited to ill and out of voting district and have signature notarized as in previous years. We should kow-tow to the liberal agenda.

  • RUSerious

    The only evidence of voter fraud is the GOP voter registration contractor, who should be jailed, anyone know any other actual real evidence?

    • Marianne Laudati

      Yes, thanks for asking. A few months before the election, My family of 4 were all sent new voter's reg cards, we had not requested, indicating a new location to vote. A few weeks later, we were all sent more new voter's reg cards indicating we should vote at the same place we have been voting for many years. Wonder how many people used both cards to vote at two different polling places. A printing error in thousands of West Palm Beach ballots that made them "illegible" to voting machines, made it necessary for thousands of ballots to be hand copied onto new ballots before they could be counted. Only a fraction of these ballots were completed in time for election day. The others were never counted. Absentee ballots bearing a signature on the outside of the envelope that did not exactly match the voter's signature at the time they originally registered to vote were discarded. A client of mine, new to FL and living in an affluent community, went to the polling place indicated on her new voter's reg card received shortly before the election. When she and her husband arrived at 7:30 AM, along with several other cars of people wanting to vote, they found the doors locked. A maintenance man confirmed there would be no voting at that location. Some of the people who were elderly gave up and went home without voting. My client used her iPhone to find the correct polling place and drove there. The line was long, and a poll worker called several different district numbers, but not hers. When she and her husband got to the front of the line, they were told they were not on the list to vote there and would not be allowed to vote. She asked the worker to look through her book again; and when she opened the book, my client saw her name on the list and pointed it out to her. Only then were she and her husband allowed to vote. When the Sup. of Elections decided to defy the Governor and add an extra early voting day on a Sunday before the election, her office notified the local Democratic Party but did not notify the local Republican Party. As a result, the Democratic Party was able to notify their base of voters and mobilize their campaign staff to man tables and provide voters with their literature before the polls opened. The Republican Party only found out about the extra voting day when one of their campaign workers happened to drive by a polling place and see what was going on. In St. Lucie County, the Sup.of Elections did everything in her power to make sure thousands of ballots, including military ballots and a large box of ballots that were inexplicably put in a closet and overlooked, were not counted. When she was questioned, she checked herself into the hospital, as she had done on another occasion, to evade scrutiny. I could go on and on, but there is no point now. Unless all States implement and enforce strict voter ID laws, the American people will never again have their right to a fair election.

  • http://www.dlaudatisalon.com Marianne Laudati

    Well said, Joseph!

  • Leslie

    Why are you trying to perpetuate that "voter fraud" myth? Did you happen to see those long lines and the complicated and long proposals on the ballot? This was an overt attempt at voter suppression and it failed.