November 09, 2012 at 9:39 am
The Florida Democratic Party is calling for a reform of Florida’s voting systems as officials continued to count votes in the presidential contest.
Florida Democratic Party chair Rod Smith said in a statement Thursday that blame for the slow count and long voting lines —up to six hours in some areas—lies with Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republicans in the Florida state legislature who approved a law reducing early voting.
Florida’s new election law, passed by a Republican-led Legislature in 2011, cut the early voting period from 14 days to eight.
Despite long wait times and a still uncertain result, Scott refused to comment on his role in the election problems.
At an event in Orlando on Thursday, Scott said he did the “right thing,” by not extending early voting hours.
“I’m very comfortable that the right thing happened,” Scott said. “We had 4.4 million people vote.”
“We’ve got to wonder what election Scott was watching. Did he miss the 6+ hour long lines in Miami-Dade? Or the embarrassment of waiting three days after the election ended for the state to report election results?” the Florida Democratic party wrote in a press release Friday.
The delays were exacerbated by a 12-page, 11-amendment ballot—something Scott did point out was not his fault. “The amendments don’t go through the governor. The amendments only go through the legislature.”