WUFT News

Supervisors discuss election problems with Florida senate

By on January 15th, 2013

Election supervisors from several Florida counties are turning in their wish lists for how the state’s election law needs to change. The Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections heard from nine supervisors of election Monday about what they think caused problems during the 2012 election.

The first issue addressed was the the multi-page ballots containing Florida’s 12 proposed amendments.

“The length of ballot increased the cost and complexity of elections and was, quite frankly, a source of complaints that we received as supervisors from a number of voters across the state,” said David Stafford, Escambia County’s supervisor of elections.

Because of the amount of paper, county election supervisors agreed it was challenging to find the money to print and the space to store ballots until the election.

A common theme that echoed among county election supervisors was that ballot printing services should be held accountable for mistakes and mechanical failures.

When asked to share how Duval County was so efficient in the process, supervisor of elections Jerry Holland said they turned in their ballots minutes before the deadline. He requested that counties be allowed to offer early voting on more days at more sites. Many supervisors agreed.

“We still had two-hour long lines,” Holland said. “Starting a few days earlier would have been helpful.”

Supervisors were asked if they support reinstating early voting the Sunday before the election. Most supervisors did not have an opinion, but Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said minorities vote in high numbers that day.

“I think we’re disenfranchising this particular community by not allowing them to vote early on that Sunday,” Bucher said.

The county officials were grateful to have the opportunity to express their concerns.

“All too often when situations like these arise, those of us on the ground or in the trenches are overlooked for workable solutions,” said Sharon Harrington, Lee County’s supervisor of elections.

The Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections will continue hearing testimonies during the next few months before submitting its suggestions to the legislature.

Leila Milgrim wrote this story online.


This entry was posted in Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Politics

Steve McGriff, 63, from Hog Valley, Fla., waves a sign showing support for Medical Marijuana outside of John Morgan's "Yes On 2" bus on Sept. 10, 2014.

Language on Medical Marijuana Amendment Fuels Debate

The wording of Amendment 2 for the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida has sparked debate as the November vote approaches. John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan spoke at The Swamp Restaurant in support of the amendment.


IMG_8364

Student Demonstration Draws Attention to Police Brutality in U.S., Israel

A demonstration was held Wednesday in Turlington Plaza on University of Florida’s campus by Students for a Democratic Society and Students for Justice in Palestine. The purpose was to draw attention to those killed by Israeli Defense Forces as well as police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri.


Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter explains to supporters why voting results were delayed Tuesday night. Despite minor technical difficulties, the results were reported and gave some candidates the news they had been waiting for.

Yoho Takes GOP Primary Over Rush; Alachua Voting Results

Congressman Ted Yoho claimed his seat in the August primary on Tuesday amid delay in voting results. Alachua County tallied up the votes in its primary elections, naming Lee Pinkoson, Ken Cornell and Gunnar Paulson among the winners.


Florida Inches Closer to Other States in Tuition Charged Undocumented Students

Florida may soon offer undocumented students in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, joining the ranks of 20 other states with similar tuition equity laws and policies.


Sheila Bryant, left, and Billie Jean Curtis, right, stand on the grounds of Curtis Recycling in Hampton in November. Curtis found a letter signed by someone claiming to be Mayor Barry Moore in the yard of her recycling company.

Update: City of Hampton Under Criminal Investigation

Elise Giordano / WUFT News Sheila Bryant, left, and Billie Jean Curtis, right, stand on the grounds of Curtis Recycling in Hampton in November. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Jacksonville office is conducting a criminal investigation on the city [...]


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments