Election Day Problems Investigated

A lack of working printers, data cards that failed, and contractors who made promises they couldn't keep prevented November's election from going smoothly.

Supervisors want to chuck the paper registries at precincts and use computers to check voters in.

"Part of our delay and unofficial results was the time it takes to post voter history from paper Election Day registers. A paper system that should be replaced by electronic poll books," said Duval County’s Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland.

Flexibility was the watchword of the day. All but one of Florida's elections supervisors is elected and what they told the senate panel was gives us the discretion to do what's best for our voters in our county.

The supervisors want a minimum of 8 days of early voting, but no more than 14. They want to decide what days and what hours.

On Election Day, Governor Rick Scott, waited 45 minutes to vote and he now supports the Supervisors' requests.

"We need to allow for bigger polling stations and finally we got to look at the number of early voting days," said Scott.

Supervisors also put blame on the longest ballot in state history for delays in counting ballots but they avoided criticizing lawmakers who put 11 amendments before voters.

Miami-Dade County experienced the biggest problems with long lines. At 10:00 on Election Day, one in ten precincts were still casting ballots.


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