Florida lawmakers on Tuesday began scrutinizing all that went wrong at the polls last month, and Gov. Rick Scott’s elections team made plans to investigate five counties that “underperformed.” Secretary of State Ken Detzner said he and voting experts will make “fact-finding” trips next week to Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Lee counties and report findings to the governor. Lines of voters in Miami-Dade were up to seven hours long, Palm Beach had to fix thousands of misprinted absentee ballots and St. Lucie was the only county that failed to count all ballots by a state deadline. The other two counties struggled with long lines, too. “Long lines are unacceptable,” Detzner testified.
Addressing a House committee, Detzner said Scott defined an underperforming county as one where wait times at polling places were more than four hours.
Detzner praised Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for creating a task force to study what went wrong and how to fix it.
The road trip begins Monday in Tampa, where elections officials will visit retiring Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard, whose county mostly got things right, Detzner said.