Elections report calls for flexibility

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Flexibility is the watchword of a twelve page report detailing fixes to improve elections presented to the Governor and state lawmakers today.The report calls for more days of early voting, more locations to vote early, and a shorter ballot.

Voters in some counties were still in line in the early morning hours on a day after the election. Delays and counting thousands of last minute absentee ballots once again made Florida the laughing stock of the nation when it couldn’t declare a winner until Friday.

A 12 page report details what went wrong. It calls for 14 not eight days of early voting, with supervisors deciding when and where people early vote.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner detailed the recommendations before a House Committee on Monday. “Voter confidence must be restored”, says Detzner.

Lawmakers also share some of the blame because of lengthy ballot. Time and again Florida Election Supervisors testified that the biggest problem they faced was the length of the ballot. This wasn’t even the longest ballot that voters faced.

The report is calling for a shorter ballot summary when lawmakers place constitutional amendments before voters. “To seventy-five words per constitutional amendment”, says Detzner.

More from the Capitol News Service’s Mike Vasalinda here.

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