ACLU says Scott’s voting change proposal is “heartening,” but…

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The Florida director of the ACLU said Governor Rick Scott’s call for allowing more early voting is “heartening,” but said the state must go farther to fix election problems the group says Scott helped create in the first place.

Scott signed legislation in 2011 reducing the number of early voting days, but this week called for a law that would let county elections supervisors return to 14 early voting days. Scott also suggested the law should give supervisors more flexibility in opening polling sites and positioning voting equipment, as well as try to shorten the ballot to ease lines. “The governor’s suggestion to correct the problems that he helped create is not the same as real election reform,” ACLU Florida director Howard Simon said in a statement. “The proposals put forth in the governor’s statement are a step in the right direction, but they are too narrow in scope and there are critical details missing. The governor must clearly outline how he plans to address the shortage of election equipment as well as the need for uniform voting rules across the state to ensure that our elections are fair. Short of that, these proposals will do nothing to prevent another election like 2012; or even 2000.”

Via The News Service of Florida.

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