Florida Gov. Rick Scott seems to be baffled by why so many people had to wait so long to vote in his state during the 2012 election. So much so that he’s ordered a review of the entire voting process to find out what happened and how to fix it:
Gov. Rick Scott of Florida on Saturday said he requested a review of his state’s voting processes with a particular emphasis on areas where voters waited four hours or longer to cast their ballots.
“We are glad that so many voters made their voices heard in this election, but as we go forward we must see improvements in our election process,” Scott said in a statement. “I have asked Secretary of State Ken Detzner to review this general election and report on ways we can improve the process after all the races are certified.” …
“As part of this evaluation, Secretary Detzner will meet with county election supervisors, who are elected or appointed to their position – especially those who ran elections in counties where voters experienced long lines of four hours or more,” the Florida Republican said in his statement. “We need to make improvements for Florida voters and it is important to look at processes on the state and the county level. We will carefully review suggestions for bettering the voting process in our state.”
Gee, let me take a shot at it. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that you cut early voting almost in half, from two weeks to eight days, and for as little as six hours for each of those days. I know this is a complicated concept and it requires some math, but if you have 15 days to get 8.5 million votes case rather than 9 days, the lines are going to be longer.