Florida’s voting system was called into question again after several high-profile recounts in the midterm elections. Florida will undoubtedly be a battleground in the 2020 presidential election, and the state will have work to do to improve the way it handles voting. From old ballot-processing machines to high levels of partisanship exhibited by election officials, there were a slew of problems with how voting was managed in Florida this year, according to Edward Foley, director of the election law program at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law (@OSU_Law). What happened this year in Florida’s elections that worries Foley the most ahead of 2020, though? Overheated rhetoric.
“The rhetoric jumped to conclusions that were out of proportion to the reality in a way that we didn’t even see back in 2000, and that’s not a good situation when both sides want to win a race,” Foley tells Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.
“These races in Florida were close, but they were still 10,000 votes apart,” he says, “not a hundred votes or a thousand votes, and there wasn’t evidence in existence which suggests that the system was rigged or being stolen.”