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Gov. Scott backtracks on election law he signed in 2011

6:14 PM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott is changing his mind about the election law he signed in 2011 that many believe contributed to the widespread election problems last November and made Florida a laughingstock.

The law Scott signed reduced early voting days from 14 to eight, but now the governor thinks Florida needs more early voting days.

After meeting with the state's top election official Thursday, Scott issued a statement saying he thinks counties should have the power to choose between eight and 14 days of early voting.

The governor also wants to allow supervisors of elections to open more early voting sites, as well as larger sites, to help reduce long lines and wait times.

Plus, Scott is calling for a shorter ballot, including shorter explanations of constitutional amendments.
State lawmakers placed lengthy amendments on the 2012 ballot with summaries of 600 words or more.

Jessica Lowe-Minor of the League of Women Voters of Florida welcomes Gov. Scott's ideas and hopes the Legislature adopts them.

"We're optimistic about that but, as always, we want to wait until we actually see what's put together and what's finally proposed on paper before we get too enthusiastic," she said.

The League of Women Voters is pushing for other election changes, including online voter registration.

"That's something that other states have implemented that have saved other states money and have made the voter registration process more efficient and accurate and we'd like to see that implemented here," Lowe-Minor said.

The League also wants better access for elderly and disabled voters who can't wait in long lines. Lowe-Minor says expediting the voting process for those voters is definitely needed in Florida.

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