Hoping to avert future voting meltdowns, Florida election supervisors will urge the Legislature to restore up to 14 days of early voting and expand voting locations. They also want lawmakers to limit legislatively backed constitutional amendments to 75 words on the ballot, a requirement for citizen amendments. Lawmakers’ insistence on publishing the full text of several ballot questions, totaling more than 3,000 words, contributed to the longest ballot in Florida history and was a big factor in bottlenecks at the polls last fall.
The supervisors want the state to require eight days of early voting in primary and general elections and give them the option to stretch it “up to” 14 days.
Before 2011, 14 days of early voting was required. That year, the Legislature reduced early voting to eight days and ordered it to end on the Saturday before Election Day.
The elected county election chiefs will present their ideas to lawmakers in hearings at the Capitol next week.