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Detzner urges steps to restore voters' confidence



Gov. Rick Scott's chief elections advisor, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, is recommending that the Legislature pass a series of voting changes to restore public confidence in elections. Detzner's proposals closely track changes that have already been endorsed by Scott based upon recommendations by county election supervisors. They include:

* Extending the early voting period from a minimum of eight days to a maximum of 14, including the Sunday immediately before Election Day.

* Expanding the locations for early voting to include courthouses, county commission buildings, civic centers, convention centers, fairgrounds and stadiums.

* Set a new word limit for constitutional amendments proposed by the Legislature, which is exempt from the 75-word limit that applies to all citizen-backed initiatives, and repeal the law that allows the Legislature to put the full text of an amendment on the ballot.

Detzner also urged counties to make "voting equipment upgrades to meet current voter needs." 

Expanding early voting and adding locations has broad bipartisan support in the Legislature, but a consensus has not yet emerged on the issue of restricting legislators to the 75-word limit for ballot questions. 


[Last modified: Monday, February 4, 2013 11:25am]


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