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It's official, finally, President Obama wins Florida

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Pam Iorio says the election process in Florida is in dire need of repair. Pam Iorio says the election process in Florida is in dire need of repair.
TALLAHASSEE (FOX 13) -

It's finally official.

Some 89 hours after the first polls closed in Florida on Election Day, the state was been called for President Obama.

Instead of concentrating on the time it took for the votes to be counted Governor Rick Scott accentuated the positives of Election Day in Florida.

"The positive is 4.4 million people had the opportunity to do absentee ballots or early voting. Now some states don't even allow early voting like Pennsylvania. That's the positive," said Governor Scott.

The negative could be the hit the states reputation took in this process., especially since the general election was decided long before Florida was called.

Once an influential swing state Florida, in the days following Election Day, was the butt of jokes.

Former Tampa mayor and Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Pam Iorio says that's unacceptable.

"We have to return to some sanity here in the election process," said Iorio. "People don't want to be embarrassed any longer by our state. We were embarrassed in 2000 then we got our act together and now we've regressed."

Iorio certainly doesn't blame the voters of Florida for the mess.

"The fault is with the people in charge," said Iorio.

She says early voting should be a two week process in any county with more than 250,000 voters and she also would like to see a limit on amendments.

"In Miami where they had a requirement for four languages every voter was handed a ten page ballot, now that is absolutely inexcusable," said Iorio.

For his part, Governor Scott says he intends to investigate the entire voting process.

"We had a lot of people come out on election day and that's great. What I want to do now is sit down with the Secretary of state and say 'how can we improve this?" said Governor Scott.

Until then, Floridians will have to deal with the fact that the rest of the country is laughing at us.

The Presidnet edged Mitt Romney by 73,858 votes in Florida, not enough to trigger an automatic recount.

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