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. Bryan Moffitt

    I am sorry but after 2000, if Florida cannot fix the vote counting, it sounds like voter fraud is alive and well in Florida. You notice that everybody else turned their votes in on Tuesday Florida? Florida needs investigating by the feds.

    November 11, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  2. Steve Orbe

    The governor asking for a review on the voting snafu, is like asking the FEDERAL RESERVE to audit it self! HE'S A BAD JOKE

    November 11, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  3. carol

    He knew what he was doing, but it did not work

    November 11, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  4. Jayvee

    A "review?" All the higher-ups should be fired and the system started anew. For the second time in the last three presidential elections, Florida is a laughing stock. Even states hit with Hurricane Sandy pulled it off. I think there are at least 49 other examples of how to do it better out there.

    November 11, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  5. Stevo

    Florida is the laughing stock of the US on this matter.

    November 11, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  6. Karl Jonas

    Review? Look in the mirror Scott.

    November 11, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  7. Joe

    Why does it always take Florida days and days to count their ballots when other states have them counted the first night? Are the election officials just dumb or something? Do they realize how it makes them look to the rest of the nation? I mean seriously, why can't they count the votes the first night?

    November 11, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  8. Jeb

    Florida's voting "snafus" were about Republicans deciding to suppress the vote to get Fip Flopney elected.

    Simple as that.

    It's time for the Federal government to take over all Federal elections.

    November 11, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  9. BlackDynamite

    Florida has been generally corrupt (2000 Election) or just incompetent (2012)

    November 11, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  10. Dave K

    You would have thought some Florida governor would have looked into voting snafus before this. Like, maybe around the year 2000.

    November 11, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  11. Dave K

    Is Florida's governor also the lead singer for Midnight Oil?

    November 11, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  12. Greg

    The only "fixing" Florida will do is to make sure Republican candidates have the edge in any future election. The Florida election process needs to be taken over by the federal government, since the state has proven over and over that it can not do this on its own.

    November 11, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  13. sparky

    Rick Scott's definition of a voting snafu is minorities being able to vote.

    November 11, 2012 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  14. Kuron

    "...who ran elections in counties where voters experienced long lines of four hours or more" D'oh, even waiting one hour to vote is way too long!

    November 11, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  15. GPS

    WOW !!!! MAX HEADROOM is requesting a review of the system he help create in the state of Florida with republican majority legislature in the state to suppress voting in Florida, especially the Latin vote with totally un – comprehensive extra long 5 page ballots in three languages that created grid lock and extra long lines because of the time we took to vote and because of it we are the laughing stock of the country again. 'DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND RESIGN. SPARE US THE AGONY OF HAVING TO COPE WITH YOUR INCOMPETENCE FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS.

    November 11, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  16. Chedar

    Obama does need Florida Rick Scott. The same number of people are going to vote you out of office Scott. Those people you're trying to disenfranchised.

    November 11, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  17. yalision

    Says the same man who decided he didn't want to extend early voting hours. Yea, I totally believe he's sincere.

    November 11, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  18. yalision

    Says the same man who refused to extend early voting hours. Yea, I totally believe he is sincere.

    November 11, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  19. KingArthur

    What a laugh. If Romney had won the election more voters would be disenfrenchized in every election in Florida going forward.. All efforts were made to keep democrats from voting this time to elect Romney and it backfired. I am very proud of all Floridians (and Ohioans who made Florida a who-cares state this election); voters who defied up to 8 hour waits to vote: to excercize our most precious right. Countless Americans have died for just this purpose.

    November 11, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  20. janerose

    How funny. Gov. Scott, eventually your tactics do not work. Ok. Suppress the voters, get caught then investigate those same tactics? When does it stop? Where is your reasoning? Have you never raised a teenager? Such tactics are theirs!

    November 11, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  21. Ballyup

    Oh why bother Rick? You already lost. The old tricks of suppressing votes just didn't work. Next time round, send the national guard. That might work in a banana repbulic-an state.

    November 11, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  22. Jake

    I just don't trust Flubida with counting votes.

    November 11, 2012 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  23. Iamnotfooled

    Governor Scott will not be Governor for another term. He will be voted out.

    November 11, 2012 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  24. RonH

    Having a ballot that doesn't require a lawyer to interpret, or take 40 minutes to read might be a good start.

    November 11, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  25. Guestered

    How about not cutting the early voting days to start off with...

    November 11, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
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