Florida governor orders voting process review
November 10th, 2012
06:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Florida governor orders voting process review

(CNN) - Gov. Rick Scott of Florida on Saturday said he requested a review of his state's voting processes with a particular emphasis on areas where voters waited four hours or longer to cast their ballots.

"We are glad that so many voters made their voices heard in this election, but as we go forward we must see improvements in our election process," Scott said in a statement. "I have asked Secretary of State Ken Detzner to review this general election and report on ways we can improve the process after all the races are certified.”

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More than 8.5 million votes were cast this year, Scott said, an increase from the approximately 8.3 million Florida ballots cast in 2008.

But last cycle, the state allowed two weeks of early voting, which was shortened this year to eight days. Election boards were permitted to schedule as little as 48 hours of early voting.

"As part of this evaluation, Secretary Detzner will meet with county election supervisors, who are elected or appointed to their position - especially those who ran elections in counties where voters experienced long lines of four hours or more," the Florida Republican said in his statement. "We need to make improvements for Florida voters and it is important to look at processes on the state and the county level. We will carefully review suggestions for bettering the voting process in our state."

President Barack Obama noted the long lines encountered by voters in several states in his election night remarks.

"I want to thank every American who participated in this election," he said in Chicago early Wednesday morning. “Whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time - by the way, we have to fix that."

A previous review ordered by Scott drew controversy over the summer.

The governor directed that local election boards review their voter rolls and remove names of people who appeared to be ineligible.

CNN projected earlier on Saturday that Obama narrowly won the presidential race in the state.

- CNN’s Gregory Wallace and Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Rick Scott
soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. Anansi

    You want to find the problems with voting in Florida, Governor? Take a look in the mirror. Between your clearing out the voting registration, trying to prevent early voting, and closing precincts; all to suppress the minority vote it's no small wonder people had to wait in line.

    November 11, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  2. atc333

    Dear Governor Scott,

    Please look in any mirror. Your answer to the Florida voting problem lies there. What result did you and the Florida Legislature expect when cutting the number of early voting days almost in half, together with reducing the number of polling sites.

    Voter ID legislation, voter roll purges, cutting the number of polling places, and cutting the number of days for Florida citizens to vote. You and the Florida Legislature have done yourselves proud, and now you want an investigation as to what went wrong?

    November 11, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  3. Eddie Marrero

    Governor Scott he problem was very simple, you ordered for Early voting to be 8 days instead of 14. Most volunteers in Florida are elderly and cannot count as fast as younger voters. (just saying) If you would have allowed for voting to stay at 14 days this would had never happened. This was embarrassing for our state after the 2000 fiasco of a recount. I am not a fan of your and never will be but this one really made you look bad.

    November 11, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  4. UncleBenny

    It's official – Florida is now a Third World country. How does it feel to be the laughingstock of the planet AGAIN?

    It's time the for the USA to establish an independent Elections Commission and get the states out of the business of MISmanaging Federal elections. There is far too much inconsistency and opportunity for both bungling and political interference.

    November 11, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  5. Emily

    What a joke. It's not like they didn't have an inkling that there would be problems. Florida's administration of voting for presidential elections is disgrace. Something more than a "review" is needed. Voters need to show up for the next governor's race and replace Scott.

    November 11, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  6. Ignorant Miamiam

    I am so proud of being a Florida resident. I can't count too just like the rest of the people in Florida.

    Whewww. That line to vote in Miami was over 6 hours long.. I

    I never realized there were so many Haitian and Cubans in Florida.

    Too many to count...

    November 11, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  7. Rick

    This article is laughable. Florida's inability to conduct an election without embarrassing itself is emblematic of the state's larger issues. Face it, Gov. Scott, you govern a 2nd rate banana republic.

    November 11, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  8. NoNo

    Not very common for developed countries that one needs to wait in lines to vote.. maybe for 15 minutes, but 4 hours?

    November 11, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  9. Keel Hauler

    "we must see improvements in our election process,"
    YA THINK? Christ, I hate living here in the dumbshine state.

    November 11, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  10. Tim Ramon

    Here we go again. The governor who by his own action to reduce early voting time in Florida by 50% is now trying to waste tax payers money by calling a sham review of what went wrong. The southern strategy stopped working in Florida now the voters suppression is the new strategy. It did not and will not work.

    November 11, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Is the cadaver governor going to investigate himself? He was the one who ordered less early voting hours!!! Floridians can start by impeaching you. Only in Florida can a man withnhismpast against seniors become governor. I am glad they finally woke up down south and voted allen out and the President back in..

    November 11, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  12. terryduperron

    Nice try, Mr. Clean. You really did try your best to disenfranchise voters and throw the election to your side. One more thing you failed at. Tell me, how does it feel to always be on the wrong side of history?

    November 11, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  13. Obama2012

    This governor allowed early vote in republican counties but denied it in democratic counties. Republicans tried really hard to steal this election. Voting machines in Ohio that gave the vote for Romney when pressing Obama´s name is another example.

    November 11, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  14. Whirled Peas

    Gov. Scott chose not to allow for longer early voting hours as has been done by previous Governors and allowed cars to be towed because there was not enough parking for the people who showed up for early voting. It was disgrace and embarrassing to see what was going on. I wonder if there was an agenda or maybe a little birdy told him that the republicans were going to lose just like he is going to lose in two more years.

    November 11, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  15. 703NOVA

    Florida Governor tried his best to steal the election for Romney but lost anyhow. He should be recalled along with his A.G.

    November 11, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  16. oldbones24

    First he intimidates the voters by "cleaning the voter registrations" which lead to valid registered voters being intimidates. Then he shortens the early voting days, with 12 million registered voters in this state, because the Democrats seem to vote early. He and his cronies in Tally have done nothing for this state but bring us misery. We turned out anyway and he is for sure a one term gov. He IS the problem.

    November 11, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  17. fryuujin

    FL is going to trust skellator to fix the voting. not going to happen, unless you expect the GOP to make sure it works for the GOP

    November 11, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  18. tominma

    A review of the voting process? Does he mean to find out why his various attempts steal FL didnt result in a Romney victory? Yeah, he's gotta find a better way to cheat!

    November 11, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  19. woodin59

    Florida is a mess once again. Its not like its rocket science so what's the problem?

    November 11, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  20. Sleeves

    I vote in Florida. This elelction I voted on elections day. I first I had to sign a precinct registerand show a photo ID. I used to get my ballot at that time. But this time I recevied a piece of paper with my information on it (same info that was on the register) and wait in a second line which was much longer. When I got to the end of that line I signed this piece of paper (which they filed in a little box) and was given my ballot. A total waste that the poll workers had no explanation for and were embarassed about. I have a call in to the board of elections as to what that was all about. The mentality toward voting is twisted here and supression is rampant. We have legislated supression, resource limitations (lack of machines and workers), and voting process change controlled by local election officials. It has to be stopped. Everyone has a right to vote and it should not be this hard.

    November 11, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  21. dave m

    Unfortunately Rick Scott is part of the problem, not part of the solution. He only wants white, middle and upper income to vote, because they typically vote Republican, and he and the republican party has done everything in his power to stop everyone else from voting.

    November 11, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  22. Piry

    Really??????????????? This long lines were created by the laws passed by your Florida legislature and some of your mandates. The resilience of the people were put to test and regardless who they were voting for their stayed in those lines to vote.The attempts to suppress the vote..... failed.

    Is a shame that after the 2000 election we continue to be the laughing stock of the country.

    November 11, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  23. Reddog9500

    This time the Florida Republicans couldn't rely on the US Supreme Court to decide who would be the President. Next election they are planning on locating polling places within corn mazes in traditionally Democrat controlled areas in order to make voting "fun".

    November 11, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  24. Rogue351

    How is all of this campaign money payed to advertisers being spent ? Who's pocket is it going into. How about a story on that CNN ? It is for certain it is not helping feed the millions staving in America. It is certainly not taking and illegal guns off the streets. So what exactly is the media doing with it. Private islands, million dollar homes for a few ? Tell us ? Is it going into the education system ? A Charity ? or into the pocket of some second rate hack actor / producer such as the show Two and a half men. How about some quality entertainment as apposed to reality TV ? How about something that teaches people about the world. How about a few months of cable ? or Internet ? For one I am never knowing where exactly the super pac money goes and how it is used. This may be a free market but since but morally I want to know the money spent in the election cycle is being used to benefit the people in some way. If the media cant give free air time for the election we should at the very least know where it is going so we can morally decide rather to contribute next time.

    November 11, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  25. detopguy

    What do you expect from a state run by an idiotic republican governor. They dont want to make it easy to vote, becuase they know most voters will vote for Democrats and /or against republicans. it's their indirect way of suppressing the vote.

    November 11, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
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