Election Reform on Florida's Front Burner

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With that vote, the totals from Election Day became official. But a delay in counting and reporting votes in St. Lucie County kept some of those votes from counting.

"It's always disappointing when we don't have... when something like this happens. But it didn't impact the election," said Governor Scott.

Long lines in Miami-Dade that kept voting going until Wednesday morning have sparked a call for an investigation.

"Clearly people waiting in line is not an acceptable standard for the elections process and don't affix blame, I look for solutions," Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

Four floors up in the state Capitol, newly elected legislators were met with a bevy of Jacksonville voters. They say wealthy neighborhoods got more machines and shorter waits.

"I think if we had more time we would have had less waiting as far as the early vote was concerned," said retired voter Marilyn Carter.

None of the disgruntled voters could point to someone who gave up because of the long lines.

Election reform wasn't on anybody's radar until November sixth. Now, no one here wants to admit that the changes made two years ago are part of the problem.

Democrats warned that there would be problems back in 2011 when lawmakers shortened the early voting.

"We would like to see additional days for early voting. Would like to see additional locations?" said House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston.

Now, as the dust is settling, both houses of the new legislature and the Governor are convening studies of what went wrong and why on Election Day.

The Secretary of State says his first step will be to visit counties that had problems, then meet with other Supervisors of Elections to ask how they would improve voting in Florida. State lawmakers are likely to begin hearings in January.


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