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. Rubyzoot

    Ok Florida 12 years of screwed up election results, its time to get it right quit electing those dam repulican govenors who hold up the darn process. 4 years till the next election try to fix this.

    November 10, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. Pat

    hey folks, we tried to make it impossible to vote unless you're a white republican, but it didn't work
    we"ll do better next time

    November 10, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. Michael Parrish

    Everybody that lives the US is intelligent enough to know and have figured out from the last four presential elections that if it came down to the state of Florida being the last state or last deciding factor on who wins the presidential nomination that the Florida Government has a process in place that can manipulate voting and affect the outcome of voting and this will always have am impact on Democrats for various reasons. Lets just be honest and admit that it's BROKE on purpose.

    November 10, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Andrew

    How can they not see this coming? They reduced the number of poling places and reduced the early voting period. People don't all get time off work to vote. I hope Floridians vote Rick Scott out.

    November 10, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. kathy

    The Giov. of FL does not have to look further than a mirror. HE IS THE REASON VOTING WAS SUCH A MESS!!!

    November 10, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. 2020

    Rick Scott – SHAME ON YOU. you tried every means to surpress voters. but American do not agree with you.

    In American, you have voters lined up for 4 hours to vote. It is worst than Africa, Asia or any country on the map.

    SHAME ON YOU !!!

    November 10, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. DesiMOM

    He should be fired! Voting in South Florida was worst that a Third World Country. People waited for 5,6,7 hours in the heat. Embarrassing!!!!

    November 10, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. Marc Florida

    Scott and his chronies mae it rain and now they want to hand out umbrellas. He's a real class act.

    November 10, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. wakullamhc43

    LOL, all the better to figure out why their ploy did not work and how to plan a better "heist" for 2012 when he is up for re-election. There isn't a sole that I know who trusts this man.

    November 10, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Wise1Speak


    REASON #1: Rick has already blessed Florida's performance during 2012 election cycle with a grade of A+. Rick stated that he did everything right and he sees nothing wrong. His opinion is already skewed and therefore he cannot possibly pick an objective person to lead in the review.

    REASON #2: Rick did all he could in support of Florida's Tea Party by suppressing votes and skewing the election in favor of Republican Mitt Romney and GOP state officials. Rick has no credibility left on the matter.

    November 10, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    i was very happy presadient Obama won the race. He came in to the office. In a very bad state of affairs. He has done a very good job. I would like to meet the presaident and the first lady in person at the white house. I am a cancer serviore

    November 10, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Marty Rogers

    a big first step at solving the problem in Florida is to fire the governor. He wants to investigate? is that a joke? this from the person that shorten early voting in Florida to just 8 days? do these people think people don't pay attention? there is a movement to recall him but since he is running in 2 years, not electing him would be just fine.

    November 10, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Gerry Rempel

    Rick Scott needs to be impeached for treasonous intentional voter suppression. Many have died for the right to vote. Trying to stop that right from being exercised is nothing short of hatred for America and sabotage of its democratic system. This thing should be prosecuted and put in prison

    November 10, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. 1twinsfan

    Talk to the county registrar, Sancho, that Republican who refused to go along with the suppression of voters. I bet his county ran smoothly.

    November 10, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. cynthia hicks

    Florida is a national embarrassment...

    November 10, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. Discernment


    You have got to be kidding me. Florida's infamous "2012 Electoral Saboteur" is selecting a Tea Party backed Republican to "objectively" review the state's presidential election debacle.

    Say it ain't so Joe, , , say it ain't so.

    November 10, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. Reform voting NOW

    The GOP majority in Florida's legislature has blocked all attempts at important voting reform.
    For the 2004 election, they insisted that electronic voting machines have no paper receipt..i.e. unverifiable.
    In 2004, the exit polls, which are nearly always perfect, had GW Bush losing Florida by 3%.. but the final vote tally gave the state to Bush. The four hour lines are just another example where they supress voting. As soon as voting is easy in all metropolitan areas, the GOP will be buried forever.

    November 10, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. Gary in Tampa

    What is missing from this report is that Gov. Scott was asked more than once by officials in several counties to extend early voting period. Gov. Scott himself was the one who shortened it by six days state-wide, then REFUSED to extend early voting when asked to. The fault is HIS, not the counties that asked to extend early voting several times! Scott needs to go!

    November 10, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. RogueRobots

    For the next election in Florida, Democrats should organize voter block parties outside the polls with hibachi grills, picnic coolers, clowns dressed up as Republicans, port-o-potties, and a best lawn flamingo contest. If you gotta wait 4 hours, you might as well have some fun. Don't waste money on TV ads, throw a party and people will show up to vote.

    November 10, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. shrinkDave

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tea Party for the amazing job they did in getting the President reelected. Special thanks to Marco Rubio, from Florida, a Tea Party candidate, who plans to run for national office as soon as possible, and provide us with more Floridian style voting entertainment.

    November 10, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  21. cee jay

    Me think you need to respond to the president with your solution since you created the Problem,

    November 10, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Greta

    Okay, what is really going on In the sunshine state? Can't the federal government supercede the state and fix this problem? I am tired if hearing about this state and its major problems, and I don't even live in this state.

    November 10, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. RogueRobots

    Another Redumblican mess for the President to clean up. Thanks to all the voters in Florida who waited so long and didn't allow voter suppression take away your American right to vote.

    November 10, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This phoney act of concern from the man who cut the early voting days in an attempt to suppress voting??? Rick Scott should be investigated for attempting to sway the vote in Florida. Let's be frank, any man who orchestrated the largest Medicare fraud in history cannot be considered an honest man. Scott would be behind bars right now if it hadn't been for the fact, he engineered the fraud for Senator Bill Frist's company.

    November 10, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  25. Wise1Speak


    CNN cannot act as though it is indignant at the audacious behavior of Rick Scott for appointing a partisan party official to objectively review the election debacle.

    As early as 2011, Rick Scott was actively suppressing the vote; starting with his purge of legitimate voters from the state's database. Legitimate voters had to quickly respond within the allotted time to reinstate their names back on the voter rolls as Scott recklessly stripped them from the list.

    And all the while CNN Anchors and Journalist paid little attention to what was developing in Florida starting in 2011. Erin Burnett did all she could to avoid the story and she still put "relative NO resources" into the story even today.

    November 10, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
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