Acknowledging the debacle in counting all the votes in Florida election day, Gov. Rick Scott said the state must consider adding early voting days and shortening the ballot to avoid the long lines that plagued elections in some counties this year. Scott suggested in interviews Wednesday aired on CNN and WNDB radio in Daytona Beach that local supervisors of elections should have more flexibility on polling locations in order to allow for more voting machines where they’re needed. But the most surprising thing the Republican governor suggested may be that he and GOP legislators may have erred in reducing the number of early voting days from 14 to eight for the 2012 elections.
“We’ve got to go back and look at the number of days of early voting we have,” Scott said on CNN.
Scott signed the law in 2011 that reduced the number of voting days, though when asked on CNN whether that meant he bore some of the blame, Scott replied that he simply followed the law.
“I comply with the law,” Scott said. “But we do need change.”
Scott said he wanted a bipartisan group to look at the number of early voting days, but wasn’t specific on CNN or in the later radio interview about how many more days he thinks might be needed.
And in the interview on WNDB radio he suggested it wasn’t a given that more days are needed — saying only that investigation is needed to see if that’s the case.