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.

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soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. Prabin Adhikari

    Rick Scott should have thought about it before the election. It shouldn't have been that hard.

    November 10, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. CronoT

    This guy is a joke. He signs orders that lead to this Charlie Foxtrot in the first place, then wastes MORE taxpayer money to point out the obvious to him. How do these Circle Jerk politicians get there in the first place?

    November 10, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. orso

    The governor that caused single handedly another embarrasing election in Florida is ordering his minions to review the process they came up with in their secret meetings.

    Let me guess what they will find out in that review... NOTHING WENT WRONG.

    He should just resign for the sake of Florida.

    November 10, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. Michael

    So apparently, the efforts to suppress votes failed miserably, right Scott?

    November 10, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Nelson

    This is absolutely hilarious. He wants a review when he knows very well what went wrong and how to fix it.

    November 10, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Captain Obvious

    Voter suppression doesn't work. It only makes voters more motivated. Learn your lesson now. Or learn it again four years from now.

    November 10, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. dev

    Florida will improve its electioning status from rest of the country only when it become a non republican (governor) state. It will come soon with the help of Tea-publican...

    November 10, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. garwin1

    Scott had everything planned. He had it all set up. This wasn't supposed to happen. How could this have gone so horribly wrong??

    November 10, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. An Irate Floridian

    Gov Scott, the only thing that needs to be reviewed is your partisan effort at voter suppression. What was the reason that you would cut early voting from 14 days to 8 days if there were 8.3M people voting in '08? Seriously, look up the definition of transparent because everyone else can definitely see through what you were doing. Looking forward to the next gubernatorial election in 2014!

    November 10, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  10. John

    The voters of Florida need to recall Govenor Rick Scott ASAP. Mr. Scott did everthing he could to keep Democrats from voting, he could have ordered 30 days of early voting to stop the long lines, and would have; had he been a democrat.

    November 10, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. TM

    Governor Scott just wants to know how so many democrats were able to vote despite all his efforts to keep them away from the polls.

    November 10, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. Peace

    Governor, you shortened the days for early voting and now you want to know why people stayed on lines for hours? Do you mean the less time people had, the quicker the voting could have been? And what about those bundles of pages which were to be read first before voting?

    November 10, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. Latarsha

    Rick Scott had a chance to extend early voting because of long lines and he said NO. Now that he is embarrassed nationally, he want to review process. Yeah right, any excuse is better than none.

    November 10, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  14. DixT

    Same thing happening in Colorado! Here in Colorado, 17 Counties had from 104% to 140% of their entire populations (men, women, and children) casting Ballots in the 2012 Presidential Election (!). Excuses by County Clerks have been: “Well, we have a lot of hunters who come to our county to hunt, so they just voted here.” (Uh. . . .as a former Election Deputy, need I remind you that there are “residency restrictions” when it comes to voting in Colorado???) Another County Clerk stated: “We have tourists coming here all the time, so they probably just voted here.” (Again. . . .need I remind you of Colorado’s “residency restrictions” concerning voting in Colorado???) YOU CANNOT LIVE IN ONE COUNTY AND GO VOTE IN ANY OTHER COUNTY THAT YOU WANT!!!
    (Franklin Center)

    November 10, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. Chip Douglas

    Hey Florida, great new invention available. It's called a computer. Nothing will change down there with the people in charge and using 1960 technology. Here's to waiting 4 more days again, in 4 more years.

    November 10, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  16. DixT

    It's appearing that Counties in Florida also had 113% of their populations-their entire populations (men, women, and children!) casting Ballots in the 2012 Presidential Election!!! Just like in Colorado 104% to 140%, in 17 Counties! What's up???

    November 10, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. pitdownman

    The problem was found. It's Rick Scott.

    November 10, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. Ray

    Gov.Scott demonstrated his bad management in state-driving one more time.all in Florida are disappointed with him...bad governor ....bad politic...is a disaster ...

    November 10, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  19. Sandra

    Wow, this man went out of his way changing the voting laws, early voting days, and purging voters rolls, made voting as difficult as possible by closing polling places, is now going to 'review' the voting process?

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

    Are you kidding, Scott? You refuse to extend early voting, then call for inquires into why there were long lines? HELLO!!!

    November 10, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. SPW

    I voted for Romney

    I wish I could have that wasted hour and a half of standing in line back.

    November 10, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  22. Penny Wright

    Governor Scott needs to investigate himself.

    He's the one who cut the time for early voting.

    November 10, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. whitepine

    Alittle late isn't it Gov. Scott. The world looked at you in dismay as you cheated your citizens their right to vote by reducing voting hours. Time to resign. America needs to seriously think of how we can preserve and guarantee we have the right to vote. Voting on only one day....a work day especially seems silly in today world. Not only that look at our population. We need multiple days, reflexible hours and multiple places.....can I also say exclude places of worship as voting places for politicial offices.

    November 10, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. mlb

    Rick Scott is outta here. How dare he try to deprive the people of their right to vote!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Gov. Rick Scott of Florida is the poster boy for everything that is WRONG with America !

    Scott did everything possible to overlook any voting problems that might take place in his state . Disregarding all prior warnings before the election . His motive was GOP obvious. To make it so stressful and difficult for those casting there vote on election day. Resulting in low voter turnout do to frustration.
    Scott failed in deterring voters and helping Romney become President . And as a Governor of the great state of Florida , Rick Scott has failed the oath he took to the people of his state.

    And now he wants a voting process review .

    If you elect a man who was once indicted for fraud , chances are you will get a fraud .

    In 1997, Scott was forced out as head of the Columbia/HCA healthcare company as the result of a fraud investigation conducted against the company in the 1990s. The firm eventually pleaded guilty to charges that it overbilled state and federal health plans, and paid the government a record $1.7 billion in fines.

    November 10, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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