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.


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soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. wowzerz

    who cares, just gonna be screwed up again in 2016. florida sucks at voting

    November 10, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  2. Captain Tom

    "appeared to be ineligible". Wow, some people have taken cheating to a whole new level.

    November 10, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  3. William

    Rick Scott, Oops, My Bad...I won't do it again (until next time I want to win an election).

    November 10, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. Blanca Vazquez

    Gov. Scott tried to make sure that Romney win in Florida but guess what???? Even with all the changes he did in the registration voting Obama won!!!! Latino vote rocks!!!!!!!! Maybe next time Gov . Scott!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  5. User-301

    They need to fire anyone and everyone that was connected to the election board – committee – ballots – and counting and bring in an entirely new crew from anywhere other than Florida. It seems Florida always has a problem when it come to an election. Nothing is never right and they are always counting votes weeks after the election is over. Most of the time they are late because cheating takes time and that's what they always try to do. The day they run a legitimate election in Florida will be the day you see their results come in like the rest of the country. Fools!

    November 10, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  6. skeeve

    Wrong headline: "Florida to review voting snafus... again" describes the situation much better

    November 10, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  7. Poor FL Citizen

    Funny how Rick Scott and Co. didn't care in 2000 that FL voting is a disgrace. Now all of the sudden they want answers. Give me a break. Thank God FL wasn't a factor in the election or we wouldn't know who was president for 6 months. If anyone cares.... I am a FL resident.

    November 10, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  8. TR808

    Wasn't this his doing in the first place? Trying to disenfranchise minority voters?

    November 10, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. allenwoll

    Appearances are UN-reliable measures, but they certainly can raise reasonable questions.

    THAT said, Can anyone explain how such a curious looking fellow could EVER attain high public office ? ? - Regardless of his talents.

    November 11, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  10. JimNasium

    Yes, let's have a thorough investigation to figure out why shortening the early voting period from 2 weeks to eight days might result in longer wait times. It's a real mystery!

    November 11, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  11. midnitemgt

    Such a simple thing as voting turns into such complicated mess by the officials. Florida continues to show why Mickey Mouse State is not just about the land of make believe.

    November 11, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  12. AaronT3

    Gov. Rick Scott should be prosecuted voter suppression and implementing a voter poll tax! If you make $20/hr and stand in line 6 hrs it, just cost you $120.00 to vote. Gov. Rick Scott knew 4 years ago the process hindered Democratic leaning location most often and he cut the early voting time intentionally making matters worse!!!

    November 11, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Could there be a more hypocritical response? They got exactly what they intended, now they want to "invesitgate"? What, to determine how to better suppress Democratic voters?

    November 11, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  14. AVGPAGUY

    This is crazy. This guy was part of the problem. I believe an investigation will ultimately indict him.

    November 11, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  15. hurricane

    Looks like their attempt to suppress the Democrat votes didn't quite work out. LMFAO

    November 11, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  16. cookie

    The U S Atty Gen should be investigating possible criminal acts in what is obviouly a concerted and continuing effort to disenfranchise black & Latino voters in Florida. This writer is no longer ready to accept that this crap is simply a result of happenstance and poor planning. How long did people in West Palm Beach or Naples wait to vote?

    November 11, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  17. The Left Wing

    The first recommendation should be to stop electing Republicans.

    November 11, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  18. Cindy

    Rick Scott knows the spotlight is on him now, after he cut the number of early voting days, and trying to suppress the vote. Hopefully Floridians remember what he did when he's up for re-election.

    November 11, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  19. NeoContra

    Dick Scott should start looking right inside the FL governor's mansion for snafus and trikky stuffs there ;-)

    November 11, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  20. EveT

    We have to fix that - indeed. We need national standards for voting to ensure that all citizens have access to registering, casting their votes, and having their votes counted.

    November 11, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  21. MashaSobaka

    They restricted early voting days. The same amount of people attempting to vote in an extremely shortened timeframe = longer waits. This isn't rocket science. Next time don't try to suppress voter turnout and things will go more smoothly.

    November 11, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  22. Mike

    Nice to see that Gov. Scott thinks waiting more than 4 hours to vote may be a problem and then pointing the blame at the local officials, after he cut early voting from 14 days to at most 8 days!

    November 11, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  23. Bayousara

    The Florida gov doesn't want a review of voting practices that kept people in a line for four hours or LESS, only over four hours????? One hour is a long time to vote. We vote by mail exclusively here in Oregon and we can sit at home and fill out our ballot and take ten hours, drink a beer, watch TV, check FaceBook, gab with friends on the phone. WE are in control of the election process here in Oregon. But then, we are a very progressive state in many other ways.

    November 11, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  24. Sam

    OMG. this fraud Governor who frauded Medicare and was fired as a CEO of a Health Care Corporation. He created the mess and now wants it investigated. Get Wise Florida. Toss this fraud out. Scott created the long lines, he shorted the voting hours. he created the mess. A guy who frauded Medicare and was never charged.

    November 11, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  25. Buba

    This GOP officials are like wolves guarding the hen coop. They have no interest in making votes in Democrat strongholds count. Scott Walkers plan was to steal Forida for Romney but it back fired big time.

    November 11, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
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