Election reforms proposed by Secretary of State Ken Detzner are an “encouraging” first step, the League of Women Voters of Florida announced Wednesday while putting a number of their own suggestions before legislators. “The League of Women Voters of Florida does not believe that the secretary’s recommendations alone are sufficient to enable Florida to move past the problems that have plagued our democratic process and which were clearly apparent in the most recent general election,” wrote League President Deirdre Macnab to Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, who chairs the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee.
In his election report to Gov. Rick Scott, Detzner on Monday suggested giving supervisors the flexibility to extend early voting up to 14 days from the eight-day limit imposed in 2011 and to expand early voting locations to also use fairgrounds, stadiums, convention centers, county government facilities and civic centers.
Macnab wrote that when it comes to early voting, there should be two full weekends and the supervisors should have a wider option of early voting locations.
Several supervisors have told legislators they prefer to have the Sunday off before the general election as a planning day.
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Meanwhile, Detzner told legislators this week that he preferred to limit locations to facilities where there would be an assurance they could be available election to election to provide continuity to voters.