Florida governor orders voting process review
November 10th, 2012
06:10 PM ET
2 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. Chau Nguyen

    Rick Scott should have his head examined. He and other Florida Republicans voted to reduced early voting days. And now they're wondering why Floridians who were wise enough to uphold their civic duties had to wait in long lines! For the love of Christ, please call these politicians out!

    November 11, 2012 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  2. miscreantsall

    lol……………………………nothing will be fixed. It is just the way they want it.

    November 11, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  3. Patrick

    you need to step down governor, you have deserviced your state/ Pathetic

    November 11, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  4. Now you figure it out?

    Having the Sec of State review it? Are you kidding me? I think federal officals should be looking into this matter. Gov Scott having the SoS do it is like asking the person you're having an affair with to investigate any alleged affairs people are accusing you of and make a full report to you... knowing it will never go any further. These two are nothing but crooks, and probably working close with republicans in other states like Ohio and Nebraska.

    November 11, 2012 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  5. M.

    So first he cuts the early voting days in half and then he is surprised that the lines are long.

    November 11, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  6. me in FL

    help this place. it suffers in the 'thinking' dept.

    November 11, 2012 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  7. Leif

    Governor Scott can begin by reviewing his own decision to cut back on early voting.

    November 11, 2012 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  8. Jarrod

    Yes, another Florida voting snafuu. Big Surprise. I happen to think there is more to it, but that is my opinion. I do not trust voting practices and Republicans in general. And the fact that this is Florida, I have to wonder just how much influence Jeb Bush still has with the current administration. When Karl Rove goes into a meltdown on TV you have to wonder if he (and others) had some sort of plan in place and somehow it went horribly wrong. Makes me wonder even if no one else sees it.

    November 11, 2012 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  9. Bob

    While he's at it he should order a review of the Florida education system. I think the problem they have with counting votes down here is because people don't know how to count.

    November 11, 2012 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  10. Duckens

    Let's put a known fox in charge of the henhouse.

    Detzner has been Florida Secretary of State since February 2012, and yet he was not concerned about the limited number of early voting days on the impending election. This could just be considered oversight until you consider that:

    Detzner has a known history of trying to disenfranchise voters rather than expanding voting opportunities. This is what he worked on earnestly in the months before the election.

    Florida will not be seen as taking voting access seriously unless their voting failures are evaluated and alleviated by an outside and unrelated party* with a history of expanding voting access.

    *By party, I do NOT mean political party; I mean unbiased and non-partisan individuals with experience in election mechanics.*

    November 11, 2012 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  11. Corwin7

    Yeah Rick Scott now wants to know how they could possibly have failed to suppress the black and latino vote so badly in Florida BEFORE he comes up for re-election since he knows he's likely to be the next republican in the state to fail to get elected. Good riddence to bad garbage governer. Your the next on to get a pink slip hopefully...after Allen West that is.

    November 11, 2012 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  12. Ivy

    Oh puleeze. Governor Scott IS the reason voting lines were so long. He orchestrated the whole thing. How many taxpayer dollars are going to be spent trying to "figure out" why the lines were so long.

    November 11, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  13. Hall for Obama

    To little to late, you are gone bud. You stood in the way so they will put you away.

    November 11, 2012 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  14. TampaMel

    There was no problem with the voting process there is a problem with Florida. The process was screwed up in 2000 and 12 years later is still screwed up? That could only mean the people running the show (the show being all of Florida) are incompetent and we (yeah I live in Florida) are to blame, we voted these idiots in office. Democratic or Republican (this is nonpartisan) they all share the blame.

    I have been in Florida since 2003 and I think I need to get out of here before I get whatever it is in Florida that makes people inept. You would think it is old age (got some damn old people here, I am 65) but it doesn't matter, young and old, the lack of ability or desire runs across all of Florida society. Puerto Rico just voted that most people there would like statehood, Congress should vote to remove Florida as a state. That will automatically raise the IQ of the entire US.

    November 11, 2012 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  15. Rob Martinez

    Governor Rick Scott Is the PROBLEM.
    First he cut the number of days for early voting, because democrats predominantly vote early, second he cut the number of poling places, third he changed voting locations WITHOUT notifying the voters, top that with missing ballots and broken voting machines. Ironically this happened only in democratic, and poorer minority areas.

    November 11, 2012 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  16. true blue

    This was a big joke, talk about going down with the ship. Hey Rick your party left you holding the bag, your logic and defecation will go unnoticed. Wake up Florida the rest of us have.

    November 11, 2012 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  17. MR3lopez

    why does it florida so long to count their votes

    November 11, 2012 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  18. Stanchman

    another example of not allowing states to manage a national process.. standards must be defined at the federal level which states must follow, including where (public locations not churchs) and when to vote (number of early voting days based on population), guideline for voting machines, etc.. and to be a shared funding exercise.. there are far too many state party imposed actions which do not serve the public's best interest...

    November 11, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  19. Mtheumer

    The man that broke the system wants an investigation. That's rich!

    November 11, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  20. Floridares

    Yeah scott and Gop legislature to review....do not trust them. They want to figure out how to suppress the vote in new ways.

    November 11, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  21. Poll check inc.

    I guess its no need to attempt to steal the election now. The country moved forward without flordia.

    November 11, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  22. Anonymous

    I'll break it down really simple for you Rick. You shortened early voting by 57%, you are the problem. Don't worry though, as a Florida voter I'll help fix the problem come 2014!

    November 11, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  23. Marry

    ...he requested a review of his state's voting processes... It is high time! But still – vote these obstructionists out!

    November 11, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  24. Switter

    Rick Scott = = defeated politician walking

    November 11, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  25. Zoey

    Any snafus that happened here in Florida happened because of Governor Scott. The m o r o n tried to suppress votes by limiting the amount of early voting days from 14 days down to 8. Then he can't figure out why the lines were soooo long. My G O D where do the Republicans get these people!

    November 11, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
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