Iorio: Florida an ‘embarrassment to the nation’ - FOX 13 News

Iorio: Florida an ‘embarrassment to the nation’

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Florida is still counting, but America is no longer waiting.

Thought of as the country's crucial piece to any election, the Sunshine State was left in the shadow of irrelevance, as the nation re-elected President Barack Obama while Florida sat in the backseat counting votes.

And, still, the state is counting. 

The 29 electoral votes this state holds onto never played a factor in the race.   

Former Tampa mayor and supervisor of elections Pam Iorio told Fox 13 that it has been a complete embarrassment.

 "It's clear we've gone backwards," she said. "We're an embarrassment to the nation."

Florida is taking too long to accumulate and tally up votes, Iorio said.

She said lines were too long and she blamed the legislature for pouring on too many lengthy, hard-to-understand amendments, bogging down the process.

"We're the only state in the nation that hasn't finished counting its votes," she said. "Voters waited in line as long as eight hours … Early voting has proved to be very successful. The customers love it – the customers are the voters, so what do we do in Florida? We reduce the number of days. I mean, anyone in the private sector must really be scratching their heads over this one."

She is calling for immediate voting reform in Florida, lengthening the early voting period again and shortening the length of the ballot.

"Why is the ballot unnecessarily long? … How many people can afford to wait in line for eight hours?" she said.

As of Thursday morning, all Bay area absentee ballots were counted, but not in Broward, Duval, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach.

President Obama still led by a little more than half a percentage point. But with Mitt Romney already conceding, the electoral votes will make no difference in the race – an unusual position for Florida.

"Changes need to be made. This is our fundamental right," she said.

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