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Florida Roundup: Floridians Wait The Longest To Vote

Oct 3, 2014
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On The Florida Roundup, review of voting in the 2012 election finds Florida voters waited in line far longer than any other state by more than a half hour. Why? And what’s being done to address it?

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No long lines and quiet polling places are what most South Florida voters can expect so far during the primary election on Tuesday.

For most Democratic voters, the highlight of this election is getting to choose who will run against Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November: Charlie Crist or Nan Rich. But there are local races on the ballot, and some voters are finding it’s wise to go into the voting booth with a plan.

New Congressional Map Won't Apply In November Elections

Aug 22, 2014
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  A Leon County judge upheld a second draft of the state's congressional districts in a decision issued Friday, but shelved the new map until after the November elections.

The decision marked a major victory for legislative Republicans, who approved the new plan this month after Lewis ruled that their first draft violated the Florida Constitution's ban on political gerrymandering. The GOP had also pushed for the earlier version of the districts, approved in 2012, to remain in place through this year's elections.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

  Florida ranks third in the country for gerrymandering, according to a study of the most heavily populated states. 

Voting districts are redrawn every 10 years in a process known as redistricting. Gerrymandering happens when district boundaries are drawn to benefit a political party.

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Monday is the first day of early voting for this year’s primary elections.

In Florida, voting -- early or otherwise -- has been disputed in various ways over past decade.

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More than 187,000 Miami-Dade County residents are expected to receive their absentee ballots for the Aug. 26 primary election.

The Miami-Dade County Elections Department is reminding voters not to allow just anyone to fill out their ballots.

"Do not allow anyone to mark your ballot unless you are unable to do so because of blindness, disability or failure to read or write," the agency wrote in a press release.

The department also warns voters not to give their absentee ballots to anyone other than a specified designee.

Locals Testify On Florida's Election Issues

Apr 1, 2014
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The National Commission on Voting Rights met Monday at the University of Miami. 

National and local experts on voting law heard witness testimony on topics ranging from felon disenfranchisement, to long voting lines, to restroom access at polling places.

The goal of this commission is to create reports out of the testimony in hopes that Congress will make changes to voting laws. 

Hear what some Florida voters would like to see changed for the 2016 election.

New Campaign Finance Laws Take Effect Nov. 1

Nov 1, 2013
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With little more than a year remaining before voters head to the polls in November 2014, candidates face something of a new world: Beginning Friday, they can rake in even more money from contributors to their campaigns.

Some of the biggest changes in a sweeping campaign-finance bill, approved last spring by the Legislature, take effect on Friday.

Gov. Rick Scott Delivers Mea Culpa On Voter Purge

Oct 6, 2013
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In a rare display of contrition coming to a Florida city near you, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is acknowledging what civil rights groups and local elections officials had already been saying: Last year’s attempted purge of noncitizens from voter rolls was fundamentally flawed.

“I accept responsibility for the effort,” Scott’s secretary of state, Ken Detzner, told the Herald/Times. “It could have been better. It should have been better.”

How S. Floridians Canceled Their Own Votes

Dec 26, 2012

Floridians will remember how hard it was to vote on election day in November of 2012.

But many will forget what was easy: Losing their vote because of simple mistakes.

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.

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.

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There have already been a number of bills filed by Democratic state lawmakers to change parts of Florida's controversial voting law during the upcoming  Legislative session, which starts March 5.

Most of the bills, so far, focus on early voting rules that were changed in 2011 -- when the Republican-controlled  Legislature overhauled the state's voting law.

How Boxer's Bill Could Shrink Voting Lines

Dec 7, 2012

A prominent Senate Democrat is trying to federalize election rules in a way that would make it illegal to force voters to wait more than an hour to vote.

U. S. Sen. Barbara Boxer filed her bill -- called the LINE Act -- on Thursday. If it passes, states would have to come into compliance before the next federal election. That would involve applying formulas that determine how many voting machines and poll workers have to be available for the expected number of voters.

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Just this week, news circulated that former leaders of the Florida Republican Party have admitted that Florida's voting law was aimed at suppressing the vote this year during President Obama's reelection.

Democrats in the U.S. House are clamoring for a federal investigation.

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