Presidential Commission Seeks Best Voting Practices

Voters were still in line six hours after the polls closed last November. Florida didn’t name it’s electors for three days.

President Obama appointed a Commission to get answers and provide solutions.

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration was in Atlanta on Wednesday, it was taking testimonies from lawmakers across the country. Access and Registration remain the biggest concerns.

"But, the other thing that Florida is missing is sort of a statutory formula for how to allocate pulling place resources," said Katie O’Connor.

After the long lines, Florida lawmakers were shamed into reversing changes they made two years earlier. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville doesn’t think they went far enough.

"I think we should of mandated the second Sunday of early Voting, it shouldn't be an option," said Sen. Audrey Gibson.

Presidential Commissioners say they are aware of the changes Florida made but they say more can be done.

"We heard a number of things that impact lines. Registration, the accuracy of registration," said Christopher Thomas.

No one raised a concern about voters registered illegally, but Governor Rick Scott said roles in Florida will be purged.

State Senator Eleanor Sobel calls it a wasted effort. "We need to be real careful with how we use our dollars and we are using them inappropriately here to suppress voter turnout," said Sobel.

The commission's report is due in December. Other complaints about recent changes to Florida voting laws include making it easier to change your voting address at the polls.


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