Florida governor orders voting process review
November 10th, 2012
06:10 PM ET
6 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. J

    Well we only has to blame his own party for this mess with the number of early voting days slashed in half. That of course backfired on the GOP

    November 10, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Chuck

    The "voting process review" begins and ends squarely with Scott and the Republican legislature, who couldn't wait to implement voting restrictions that caused this fiasco.

    November 10, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. ED FL

    The problem will be solved when Scott is kicked out or leaves office. His administration spent a lot of time and money trying to rig the election in favor of GOP,ers. Didn,t work to well and the Scarecrow has just about firmed up his demise. The DEM's are thrilled with Scott's vote rigging skills. THANK YOU GOV.

    November 10, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. pcalif

    First order of business for Floridians should be to recall Scott.

    November 10, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Smeagel4T

    Scott's still trying to figure out how Obama and other Democrats did so well in FL. He clearly views it as a "SNAFU" that he still needs to fix.

    November 10, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. Judy

    This is too funny. First Governor Rick Scott shortens the early voting from 2 weeks to just over one week over the protests of election officials, then he wants to know why the waiting was so long. Duh, Guv'na the waiting was so long because you shortened the early voting from 2 weeks to just 8 days, add the fact that more people were voting and you have a recipe for longer lines. I find it extremely funny that the person responsible for the long lines is having someone investigate the cause of it.

    November 10, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. JFritz

    What makes it so hard for this state to get things right? It's not the largest state out there, nor even the most backwards. Doesn't seem logical that every election Florida drags its feet on voting reform.

    November 10, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. RillyKewl

    Imagine if Scott didn't implement his voter suppression plan, how many more voters could've made their choices known! Yeah, Mr. Governor, we all demand a voting process review, and don't suppress the results this time, either.
    Fortunately, we had a firewall of genuine support elsewhere. No one expects an honest vote tally from Florida any more.

    November 10, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. sharon hagen

    #1. Stop the lies as it serves only as discouraging involvement. #2. The Fundamental involvement serves only to divide the electorate as many people of their faith vote Democrat. #3. Too much money allowed to influence – questionable.

    November 10, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Jason

    This guy is unbelievable. Worst governor ever!

    November 10, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Pippa

    Rick Scott looks like a serial killer. Too scrubbed down.
    Shaved head. No trace of facial hair. Probably shaves or waxes all body hair.
    He looks lean and mean. And not in a metro-se.xual way. He looks like a fanatic. Behaves like one:demands a recount – maybe he hopes to find some extra votes for Republicans in the bushes? ha ha
    He needs to be fired. He's a serious potential danger to people.
    He'll do anything to "save" Repubs' face in Florida.
    Too late, Ricky. Better hit the gym and work off some of that anger off your face.
    This IMAO.

    November 10, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. Aaron000

    Florida to review voting. What a Joke. Didn't they review voting the last time they screwed up.

    November 10, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. malcolm in St Louis

    it is easy to fix, get Republican Governors out of the loop. Don't let them decrease voting periods, equalize the number of voting machines among voters in precincts, don't have ridiculous long ballot forms.

    November 10, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. tom

    My guess is that since Obama won Scott feels that with his meddling that should have never happened. Lets find out what went wrong.

    November 10, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Steven Colo

    After years of botched voting in Florida, Scott orders a review. Beforehand, all he wanted was to purge the lists.

    November 10, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Mochajumbie

    What does the idiot expect, when he cut early voting from 2 weeks to one week??? His review should fucus on his own government and voter suppression!!! kick him out in 2014!

    November 10, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. Mark_in_FL

    Oh please, Rick Scott and his cronies WANTED to reduce early voting and now he's calling for an investigation? I guess he needs some cover from the obvious attempts at voter suppression....

    November 10, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  18. LL

    Florida up to the same old bag of tricks twelve years later I see.

    November 10, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. Orb4

    First Florida elects this criminal as Governor – Second they allow him to put fellow criminals in charge of voting – all in compliance with GOP "stop the vote" directives – and now with a straight face – he's ordering a review of a spectacularly successful stop the vote effort. I'm amazed that the entire state of Florida isn't in flames! There aren't enough law suits for what this criminal and his party tried to pull off!

    November 10, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. CBP

    Governor Romney was not happy with Governor Scott. He chose to watch over his state instead of attending the Republican convention. Now the Republicans will all be unhappy because Florida gave its votes to President Obama.

    November 10, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. kibou

    Republicans lost not because their policies are bad, overly "democrat progressive" policies and social programs have triggered prolong economic depression and inverse racial discrimination as well as inverse gender discrimination. Romney is a poor candidate. Republican party decide not to put their best man, Ron Paul, on the stage. That is their failure, and we will bear a depression along with the social unrest from feminazism and zionism as well

    November 10, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. Peter

    What's there to review? The GOP put all these obstacles for voting and then pretend to not know what's causing all the problems. Look in the freaking mirror! There should be federal laws against such obstruction for our basic right to vote!

    November 10, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. swingstater

    RIck Scott IS the snafu.

    Good old Ricky and his GOP flunkies reduced the number of early voting days...

    November 10, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. blame Bush

    Florida's biggest voting snag is Rick Scott, a downright ghoul if ever was one. Voters need to boot him OUT.

    November 10, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. Observer

    10-1 the investigation will point the blame right back in his face. Unless the Sec. state is a Reb
    He cut the early voting hoping to suppress turnout but that wasn't enough.

    Hopefully this will remain an issuewhe he runs for re-election

    November 10, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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