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Deadline for voting results is noon Saturday

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Three days after the election, Florida still waits for a final tally in the presidential race as Palm Beach County works to finish counting its absentee ballots.

On Friday, President Obama extended his lead in Florida to more than 60,000 votes. If those numbers hold up, a recount would not be necessary, and the president would be declared the winner three days after the election.

Even though Florida's results won't affect the outcome of the election, it's once again turned our state into a national punch line.

Everyone from comedians to pundits veto Florida's slow election returns.

"We were just kind of feeling the same way, how come that was going on and why are things being counted?" asked Karen Bell.

The Department of State offers up an excuse.

"I think in a state like Florida, a very large swing state, you're going to be under much more scrutiny than other states. I think that's the driving factor behind the attention we're getting. But I think Floridians should know that we're counting votes accurately and if there's anything that we can do right, that's the most important thing, and Floridians can be assured that that's what we're doing," said spokesman Chris Cate.

Things may have gone smoothly and quickly across Tampa Bay -- the statewide hold up comes from South Florida.

"Our state deserves better than that. It deserves better," said Pam Iorio.

The former elections supervisor thought return delays were over after the 2000 election. This year proved differently.

"The fault doesn't rest with any voters. The fault rests with the laws that have been enacted," she said.

Iorio is fighting for reform and plans to organize a task force. First, she hopes to simplify the ballot and limit the number and length of amendments. Then there's early voting. Iorio believes it should be increased, not scaled back as it was this year. These are two ideas she plans to present to the legislature to put a stop to Florida's not so funny election returns reputation once and for all.

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