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Fla. Elections Chief Wants More Early Voting

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Long lines at a polling precinct in Little Havana on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2012. (Source: CBS4 Viewer/John Vishak)

Long lines at a polling precinct in Little Havana on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2012. (Source: CBS4 Viewer/John Vishak)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — All the problems at the polls in Florida during the November election has Secretary of State Ken Detzner calling for some major improvements.

Detzner, Florida’s top election official, wants more time and more places for early voting.

Monday, Detzner gave Gov. Rick Scott a list of recommendations on how to improve elections.

Read the Report: 2012 General Election Overview and Findings

Scott asked for the report in the wake of the 2012 election where some voters spent hours waiting in line. It also took days for the state to finish counting ballots.

Scott, who initially rejected calls to use his executive power to extend early voting, has now come out in favor of increasing the number of days.

Two years ago, he signed a bill that cut the number of days available for early voting but since the Election Day fiasco, he has endorsed giving counties up to 14 days of early voting.

Detzner is also recommending that the deadline for requesting absentee ballots be moved up. He also advocates putting word limits on constitutional amendments in order to keep the ballot from being too long.

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