ORLANDO (CBSMiami) – Florida Governor Rick Scott, heavily criticized when he refused to use his emergency powers to extend the number of early voting days in the state, now says he’s willing to look at whether changes are needed to make voting go smoother.
Early voting lines in South Florida were hours long, not only because of the 12-page ballot, but also because early voting ended a day earlier than in previous years. The Republican-controlled legislature cut maximum early voting days from 14 to eight, although total voting hours remained at 96 because the polls were allowed to remain open longer. Most urban counties offered the full 96 hours.
At an event in Orlando on Thursday morning, Gov. Scott was asked about the voting problems in Florida.
“I’m going to be sitting down with the Secretary of State soon to go through all of the issues that might have come up during the election and make sure we always keep improving,” said Scott.
Overall though, the Governor said he was happy with the election process in Florida this year because so many people came out to vote.
In fact, nearly 8.4 million Florida voters cast ballots in the 2012 general election, a record number that pushed voter turnout over 70-percent.
More than 2.4 million voters cast ballots during early voting and 2.1 million cast absentee ballots.