early voting http://blog.wlrn.org en Locals Testify On Florida's Election Issues http://blog.wlrn.org/post/locals-testify-floridas-election-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Commission on Voting Rights met Monday at the University of Miami.&nbsp;</span></p><p>National and local experts on voting law heard witness testimony on&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">topics ranging from felon disenfranchisement, to long voting lines, to restroom access at polling places.</span></p><p>The goal of this commission is to create reports out of the testimony in hopes that Congress will make changes to voting laws.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:40:53 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 30099 at http://blog.wlrn.org Locals Testify On Florida's Election Issues Week Of The Supremes: Gay Marriage And Voting Rights http://blog.wlrn.org/post/week-supremes-gay-marriage-and-voting-rights <p></p><p>On The Florida Roundup, we take a look at three big decisions out of Washington, D.C. this week: the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage and the <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/25/3469760/supreme-courts-voting-rights-act.html" target="_blank">Voting Rights Act</a> as well as the U.S. Senate's vote on the immigration bill.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 16556 at http://blog.wlrn.org Week Of The Supremes: Gay Marriage And Voting Rights Two Years Later, State Voting Law Fixes Take Root Where The Problem Was Caused http://blog.wlrn.org/post/two-years-later-state-voting-law-fixes-take-root-where-problem-was-caused <p></p><p>In Tallahassee, a series of proposals to repair the state election system is finding broad support in the Legislature that many say broke the voting process two years ago.</p><p>A Senate bill instituting one of the reforms proposed by Secretary of State&nbsp; Ken Detzner has already been filed and there are clear signals from a House elections subcommittee that it will prepare a bill to launch the rest of them.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 8869 at http://blog.wlrn.org Two Years Later, State Voting Law Fixes Take Root Where The Problem Was Caused Completing His 180, Gov. Scott Calls For Restoring Original 14 Days Of Early Voting http://blog.wlrn.org/post/completing-his-180-gov-scott-calls-restoring-original-14-days-early-voting <p></p><p>The state's election bureaucracy and local elections officials have already agreed that more early voting days would shorten the lines that kept voters waiting for hours on Nov. 6.</p><p>Now, Gov. Rick Scott -- who promoted and then signed the 2011 bill that reduced the early voting period -- has joined the chorus. He said Thursday county elections supervisors should have the option to conduct early voting on as many as 14 days, the number there was before the Legislature reduced it to eight.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Rick Stone 7926 at http://blog.wlrn.org Completing His 180, Gov. Scott Calls For Restoring Original 14 Days Of Early Voting Republican Party Spokesman: ‘More Than One Way To Fix' Voting Problems http://blog.wlrn.org/post/republican-party-spokesman-more-one-way-fix-voting-problems <p></p><p>The elections supervisor in the state capital says the Legislature will have to make changes to avoid what happened during the last election.</p><p>Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have filed bills in Tallahassee to increase the number of early voting hours.</p><p>Proposals by the Democrats call for a return to 14 days of early voting.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 7548 at http://blog.wlrn.org Republican Party Spokesman: ‘More Than One Way To Fix' Voting Problems Florida's 'Obvious' Voting Problem, The Long Ballot, May Have No Easy Fix http://blog.wlrn.org/post/floridas-obvious-voting-problem-long-ballot-may-have-no-easy-fix <p></p><p>When Gov. Rick Scott recently listed ways he thinks Florida could reduce voting difficulties and long polling lines, he drew the most attention for a change of course in suggesting that more early voting might help.</p><p>But another idea Scott raised may have more far-reaching implications for public policy in Florida, and might even be more difficult to accomplish than the politically volatile suggestion about early voting.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:09:29 +0000 David Royse 7472 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida's 'Obvious' Voting Problem, The Long Ballot, May Have No Easy Fix Miami-Dade Grand Jury Cites 'Gaping Holes' In Florida's Absentee Voting System http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-grand-jury-cites-gaping-holes-floridas-absentee-voting-system <p></p><p>"Gaping holes" in Florida's absentee voting process have undermined public faith in election outcomes, according to the Miami-Dade County grand jury in its concluding report. The grand jury also concluded those holes need to be plugged immediately.</p><p>At the top of the list of the grand jury's 23 urgent recommendations:</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:31:37 +0000 Rick Stone 6618 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami-Dade Grand Jury Cites 'Gaping Holes' In Florida's Absentee Voting System What Charlie Crist Has To Say About Rick Scott’s Handling Of Election 2012 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-charlie-crist-has-say-about-rick-scott-s-handling-election-2012 <p>In what may be a preview of the governor’s race, former governor Charlie Crist <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/19/3149128/charlie-crist-trashes-gov-rick.html">directly criticized Governor Rick Scott</a> before a U.S. Senate hearing on voting rights. Crist&nbsp;was critical of Scott for helping to pass a 2011 election law that limited early voting hours.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:34:38 +0000 Elaine Chen 6561 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Charlie Crist Has To Say About Rick Scott’s Handling Of Election 2012 5 Reasons Crist Shouldn't Run For Governor http://blog.wlrn.org/post/5-reasons-crist-shouldnt-run-governor <p></p><p>If state Democrats have doubts about Charlie&nbsp;Crist's&nbsp;break with the GOP, he'll be giving them more proof on Wednesday. &nbsp;</p><p>Crist&nbsp;will be&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/charlie-crist-testify-us-senate-committee-voting-rights">testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Voting Rights</a>&nbsp;on the impact of Florida's 2011 election law. &nbsp;He will be joined by a Democratic state representative from South Carolina and a liberal advocacy group, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:50:47 +0000 Elaine Chen 6478 at http://blog.wlrn.org 5 Reasons Crist Shouldn't Run For Governor Miami-Dade's 3 Ways To Fix Voting Problems http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-dades-3-ways-fix-voting-problems <p></p><p>On his listening tour in counties where voting&nbsp; was a problem last month, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner got three suggestions in Miami on Tuesday.</p><p>Detzner, who's also the state's chief election officer, was told there were too few early voting days, not enough early voting sites and way too many words on the ballot.</p><p>Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his appointed elections supervisor, Penelope Townsley, said that was the formula for long lines and seven-hour waits to deal with 10- and 12-page ballots on Nov. 6.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:07:02 +0000 Rick Stone 6156 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami-Dade's 3 Ways To Fix Voting Problems Legislator Wants To Change Some Overlooked Parts Of Florida's Voting Law http://blog.wlrn.org/post/legislator-wants-change-some-overlooked-parts-floridas-voting-law <p>There have already been <a href="http://www.wlrn.org/post/democrats-file-bills-revive-early-voting" target="_blank">a number of bills</a> filed by Democratic state lawmakers to change parts of Florida's controversial voting law during the upcoming &nbsp;Legislative session, which starts March 5.</p><p>Most of the bills, so far, focus on early voting rules that were changed in 2011 -- when the Republican-controlled &nbsp;Legislature overhauled the state's voting law.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 6123 at http://blog.wlrn.org Legislator Wants To Change Some Overlooked Parts Of Florida's Voting Law South Florida Elections Officials Blamed For Election's Long Lines, Delayed Count http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-elections-officials-blamed-elections-long-lines-delayed-count <p></p><p>State elections chief Ken Detzner told the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee on Tuesday that it was five "underperforming" counties that caused the delays in reporting the Florida vote count after the Nov. 6 election.</p><p>Chairman Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) said he'll call for the elections supervisors from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Lee counties to testify before his committee next month. "There's enough blame to go around," Latvala said.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:30:00 +0000 Rick Stone 5775 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida Elections Officials Blamed For Election's Long Lines, Delayed Count Democrats File Bills To Revive Early Voting http://blog.wlrn.org/post/democrats-file-bills-revive-early-voting <p>After this year's disastrous election in Florida, state lawmakers are looking to make some changes to some of the culprits for the long lines and delayed ballot-counting.</p><p>Among the changes: Democratic state Sens. Gwen Margolis&nbsp;of Miami and Arthenia Joyner of Tampa have introduced bills that would make early voting more accessible and last longer.</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:16:17 +0000 Ashley Lopez 5513 at http://blog.wlrn.org Democrats File Bills To Revive Early Voting What's Going On With Obamacare, Early Voting And The Miami Marlins http://blog.wlrn.org/post/whats-going-obamacare-early-voting-and-miami-marlins <p></p><p>This week on The Florida Roundup: &nbsp;Have state GOP leaders taken the election as a cue to change course?&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 4753 at http://blog.wlrn.org What's Going On With Obamacare, Early Voting And The Miami Marlins Miami-Dade Ballot Count Continues http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-ballot-count-continues <p></p><p>Miami Dade County election workers are expecting to finish processing absentee ballots sometime today. Then, they'll be able to tell President Obama whether he also won Florida on election day.</p><p>The bags of thousands of ballots are the result of a series of voting snafus related to high turnout and restrictive voting rules that persuaded hordes of local voters to vote absentee rather than wait in line, possibly for hours, at&nbsp; their polling stations.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Rick Stone 4331 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami-Dade Ballot Count Continues