Report: Election Day Mess Could Have been Avoided

 

Voters in Orange County, Florida, wait on line for several hours at a polling station on Silver Star Road, November 6, 2012 (File photo: Lance Scurvin/WONO)
Voters in Orange County, Florida, wait on line for several hours at a polling station on Silver Star Road, November 6, 2012 (File photo: Lance Scurvin/WONO)

Long lines on Election Day could have been helped by a longer early voting schedule, additional voting locations and a shorter ballot, a report from Secretary of State Ken Detzner says.

Other areas for improvement mentioned in the report released Monday include an “unprecedented number of ‘in-person absentee’ ballots cast and the burden they put on supervisors of elections to distribute and canvass in a timely manner; the increased number of overall absentee ballots and the time in which they could be requested, mailed and canvassed; deficiencies in the local administration of elections; and the limited funding by county commissions to purchase the best available voting equipment.”

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