Friday, December 15, 2017
Politics

Gov. Rick Scott backs off publishing ratings of elections supervisors

Florida election supervisors voiced relief Friday after Gov. Rick Scott bowed to their request not to publish online the results of a rating survey elections officials said was badly flawed.

Scott had directed the Department of State to rate all 67 election supervisors in eight areas based on their work in the Jan. 31 presidential preference primary. The supervisors, all elected and many of whom are, like Scott, Republican, were aghast, saying the criteria bore little resemblance to the real work they do.

Scott aides and Secretary of State Ken Detzner decided to pull the plug on the controversial venture at a Wednesday meeting in the governor's office.

Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David Stafford, who attended the meeting, said: "It was agreed that there would be no further action taken."

Stafford said a sense of uneasiness persists between elections officials and the governor. "There's still an underlying concern with a ranking system."

Scott's office did not respond to requests for comment.

Election supervisors criticized Scott for offering extra credit if they responded to the survey a day early.

"It's a good decision not to move forward," said Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. "It was inappropriate for the governor to rank other elected officials. I applaud their decision."

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