Miami-Dade's 3 Ways To Fix Voting Problems

Dec 12, 2012

On his listening tour in counties where voting  was a problem last month, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner got three suggestions in Miami on Tuesday.

APPEALING TO TALLAHASSEE: Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Penelope Townsley and Mayor Carlos Gimenez

Detzner, who's also the state's chief election officer, was told there were too few early voting days, not enough early voting sites and way too many words on the ballot.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his appointed elections supervisor, Penelope Townsley, said that was the formula for long lines and seven-hour waits to deal with 10- and 12-page ballots on Nov. 6.

Here are the election law fixes Gimenez and Townsley asked Detzner to propose to state lawmakers:

  • Increase the number of early voting days
  • Let local supervisors set up early voting sites in other than public buildings, such as libraries and city halls
  • Limit the number of words that introduce constitutional amendments on the ballot

Detzner was noncommittal about the proposed changes. He's scheduled for similar meetings today in Broward and Palm Beach counties and Palm Beach County on Thursday.