Gov. Scott now says more early voting days are needed
By The Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott now says more early voting days are needed to alleviate the long lines and delays in counting ballots that were a problem last November.
Scott, who signed the 2011 bill that slashed early voting days from 14 to eight, issued his statement Thursday.
The governor not only defended the law in court, but refused to extend early voting hours during the 2012 elections, even after complaints of long lines at polling places across the state.
On Thursday, Scott also called for a shorter ballot, more early voting sites and the option to hold early voting on the Sunday before the election.
Florida's 2012 general election ballot was noticeably long, in most cases spanning multiple pages, thanks to 11 wordy state amendments. Eight of those were rejected by voters.
Lawmakers are considering changes to the voting process after Florida was criticized over six-hour-long voting lines, and for not being able to confirm for days that President Barack Obama narrowly carried the state over Republican Mitt Romney.