When Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley first accepted chairmanship of a committee tasked with reviewing state voting laws, he “thought it would be a fairly low-key” assignment. Then the 2012 general election garnered media coverage over long delays in the Florida vote count, Corley said. The Pasco vote tally went smoothly, but a handful of larger counties experienced snags. “I’ve been a busy boy,” Corley said. He has been leading the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections committee that came up with suggestions for changing state elections laws. Corley is the association’s secretary.
The panel, for example, is advocating limiting all proposed constitutional amendments to 75 words and giving more options to county election officials on early voting.
“I think we’re gaining some traction,” Corley said about recommendations to state lawmakers. He has testified before legislative committees about possible changes for future elections.
“It’s sort of a different world up there,” Corley said about the Legislature. He’s not sure about reactions to the proposals once the 2013 legislative session opens March 5. Several groups are lobbying for their versions of election changes that, for the most part, mirror the FSASE recommendations.
Corley is “cautiously optimistic” about the proposal for the 75-word summary for all amendments on the ballots. Amendments approved by lawmakers have been exempt from the limit.
One of the 11 amendments on the 2012 election ballot had reached 645 words, Corley added.
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