Florida governor orders voting process review
November 10th, 2012
06:10 PM ET
1 year 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. Dennis

    Criminal investigation of the governor would be better.

    November 10, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. Dr. A Frank Thompson

    Yes, Florida needs to thoroughly review why the methods used this election were not able to surpress minorities and older Americans from voting.

    November 10, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Alag

    This is unbelievable! All thru the summer, Gov Scott was systematically trying to make voting difficult in known Democratic strongholds thru a combination of reduced hours for early voting and designing a ridiculously long ballot. He fought court battles to have his way. After such flagrant attempts at voter suppression he is now ordering an investigation. He should resign if he has any decency left. If there is no louder outcry against him it is only because we now know that his attempts at voter suppression back fired and voters came out in larger numbers than they would otherwise have and the record turnout despite long lines actually guaranteed Obama's victory in Florida.

    November 10, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Supernova

    Can all Republicans please say: "The American People have spoken. Democrats won with a landslide!" Then moooove onnnn...Don't be wearing a chip on the shoulder. Stress for loosing is not good for you all. It will just depress you more.

    November 10, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. racegirl1

    Sure you want a review so you can make it even more difficult in the future. The people in your state may be too stupid to see what you are doing, however the rest of the country and world are not. You are a sorry pathetic excuse for a person to stand in the way of democracy. I am sure in the after life a special place is waiting for all of you governors, elected officials and 1% and the good thing is the 99% will not have to have any contact with you :)

    November 10, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Ms lulu

    This man the governor of my state looks and acts like an evil and sinister man. I would question any and all of his motives. As for his investigation into the voting process. I would ensure that his hands and persuasion are kept clearly out of the review.

    November 10, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. Roger

    This headling should read
    "Florida governor orders voting process review... looks is a mirror"

    For anybody to refer to Florida;s voting problem and not lay the blame at Republican Rick Scott's partisan feet is laughable.

    November 10, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. DoubleW

    So, one of the most corrupt and gimmicked voting systems in the country needs to be "reviewed?"
    Well, derrr.

    November 10, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. resawven

    I was going to move to Florida, but I decided to stay in America where I can vote.

    November 10, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. ridermusic

    Maybe the first thing that they should investagate is why Republican Gov. Rick Scott shortened the early voting period from 14 to 8 days and then suggest as a solution that he be recalled. That should solve most of the problems. In the end not only was Florida late , but, they were also irrelevant!

    November 10, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Patricksday

    The Republicans did everything they could to keep the Poor and Low income voters from voting, and it all blew up in their faces. Thank GOD!!! Please keep doing what your doing in the GOP your arrogance, Pride and Ignorance will be your downfall.

    November 10, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. amarjeet

    To simplify and speed up process of voting, it better thay most people should be encouraged to vote by Mail cutting dowb physicallly going to voting station and parking place as well vulnerability of security arrangement of people composed of weaker genders.

    November 10, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Sailen Barik

    Rick Scott should not be surprised. He and the State Republican caucus spent more time figuring out how to exclude voters rather than how they can exercise their right to vote. The tragedy for him is that his party not only lost Florida; the slow counting made Florida IRRELEVANT. If I were a borderline Republican, I would change my mind to vote for Obama after waiting 3 hrs in line. Mr. Scott should share the blame for Romney's loss. He is a repeat of Katherine Harris. Ironic!

    November 10, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Ron

    The Governor and legislature of Florida have done everything they could do to suppress voting. Even with that, they didn't succeed in their goal. Florida is once again the state that can't seem to handle voting in a responsible way. Let's see what they do to remedy this problem and we will see if the "solution" is more attempts at voter suppression.

    November 10, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. Herb Reeves

    A comprehensive review of what went wrong in Florda begins and ends in the governor's office. Anything else Scott says about the matter is just a red herring.

    November 10, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. RandyKC

    Florida does this every fraking election.
    Another stellar election brought to you by the same state that gave us Allen West.

    November 10, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. waheid

    It is beyond comprehension that Florida should continue to have problems with elections. In the first place, elections are an essential component of our form of government. Secondly, this wasn't the first or even the second or third time we have had elections. Florida, and the elected officials responsible for overseeing election processes, are the butt of jokes about this and the deserve all the sarcasm that is being aimed at them. I wonder just how much of the election snafu's in Florida are a delibrate effort to suppress voting in certain areas. If so, it's time to impeach anyone involved in this effort.

    November 10, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. agathokles

    Sounds like the Florida officials (all of whom are Republicans) will be looking into how - despite all their efforts to thwart Democratic voters - Obama nonetheless managed to win their state.

    November 10, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. organically

    As always, Florida is irrelevant

    November 10, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    "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."

    Here, Gov. Scott, I'll save you and your state time and money by reporting the obvious solution to the long lines on Election Day: Allow two weeks of early voting!!!

    Do yourselves a favor, Florida, and vote yahoo Scott out in the next election!

    November 10, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. robesan

    You need to do more than review this mess-you need to fix it and stop playing games!

    November 10, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Scott Brock

    Whether incompetence or conspiracy, Florida officials must be held accountable for this fiasco. Let them prove their good intentions by doing what is necessary for this never to happen again. They are walking a very thin line that perhaps should be addressed with criminal charges. The right to vote, after all, is a federal concern and actions to shorten the time for voting as well as taking legitimate voters off the rolls should be addressed with federal investigations.

    November 10, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Adam

    To late! Time for a governor review here,

    November 10, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Name eva

    Gov.Scott is the problem.

    November 10, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. Sanity

    Typical GOP strategy – cause a horrible catastrophe, and then pretend to be very concerned about fixing it. GOP and Gov. Rick Scott created this debacle, and they must be held accountable.

    November 10, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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