The extended counting and long lines in Florida's troubled election last November should be easy to fix, according to the state's supervisors of elections.
Election supervisors from all over Florida raised their right hands Monday and promised to tell the truth in a Senate hearing on the presidential election.
They experienced similar problems and offered similar recommendations to fix the problems that made Florida the target of jokes.
Supervisors pointed to the lengthy ballot as one big factor contributing to lines that made some voters wait more than six hours. The ballot contained 11 constitutional amendments from the Legislature.
"We need to move on into the future and we also need to change the image that Florida has nationwide and worldwide in that we can't get our elections done on time," Sen. Eleanor Sobel said. "We need to be on time."
Supervisors suggested limiting amendments from lawmakers to 75 words - the same restriction for citizen initiatives.
They recommended expanding the number of early voting days up to 14. Current state law limits early voting to eight days.
Plus, supervisors want to eliminate restrictions in state law on early voting locations.
"Authorize the respective supervisor of elections in each county to select voting sites for early voting that will accommodate the needs of the voters consistent with how we select Election Day polling places," said Brian Corley, Pasco County Supervisor of Elections. "That would really, really help the process."
Supervisors also asked lawmakers to change paper Election Day registers to electronic poll books.
They said that would save many hours in post-election processing time and help prevent voter fraud.
Committee Chairman Sen. Jack Latvala said he wasn't interested in assigning blame for the election problems because, as he put it, there's enough blame to go around. Lawmakers will consider changes to election law in the legislative session starting in March.
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