For the first time Friday, Miami-Dade’s election task force agreed to five ideas to prevent another election fiasco. The proposals are meant to avoid a repeat of the 8 hour lines to vote and days to count the votes. This is just the second meeting for the Task Force but due to an upcoming vote by the Miami-Dade Commission they forced the proposal through. The commission will vote next week on a delegation agenda for their Tallahassee legislators.
The five recommendations include:
– Expanding the number of early voting sites. Currently it is limited to just city halls, libraries, and election offices.
– Limiting ballot amendment language to 75 words
– Allowing the elections supervisors to canvas absentee ballots for 20 days instead of the current 15.
-Changing the name of absentee voting to “vote by mail”
-Changing the number of early voting days from eight to nine.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez had originally considered asking for 14 days of early voting.
After some discussion though he said it would be difficult to get that through the Florida legislature. He changed his goal to 9 days which includes two full weekends.