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Pam Iorio says she's 'getting to work' on election reform



Disgusted by this week's long lines at the polls, former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio says she is "getting to work" on election reform.

Iorio, a Democrat who is mentioned as a possible candidate for governor, made the announcement via Facebook and Twitter.

"Now with the election behind us, and with Florida still counting ballots I want to turn my attention to much-needed election reform," wrote Iorio, who served three terms as Hillsborough County's supervisor of elections and is a past president of the State Association of Supervisors of Elections.

"After the 2000 election debacle we set out to improve technology and the laws so that Florida's 67 counties could have standardized processes," she added. "What I saw in the past four weeks has been a setback for our state. Inconsistent procedures amongst counties, a shortened window for early voting when clearly the customers (the voters) wanted and needed more time, and Election Day lines that stretched for hours. The last voter in Florida didn't cast their ballot until after 1 a.m. This is the 21st century in the greatest country on Earth and people have to stand in line for eight hours to vote? This is wrong and it is time for a bipartisan solution. I'm getting to work."

[Last modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:06pm]


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