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 New Campaign Finance Laws Take Effect Nov. 1 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-campaign-finance-laws-take-effect-nov-1 <p>With little more than a year remaining before voters head to the polls in November 2014, candidates face something of a new world: Beginning Friday, they can rake in even more money from contributors to their campaigns.</p><p>Some of the biggest changes in a sweeping campaign-finance bill, approved last spring by the Legislature, take effect on Friday.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:22:12 +0000 Brandon Larrabee 23024 at http://blog.wlrn.org New Campaign Finance Laws Take Effect Nov. 1 Gov. Rick Scott Delivers Mea Culpa On Voter Purge http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scott-delivers-mea-culpa-voter-purge <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">In a rare display of contrition coming to a Florida city near you, </span>Gov<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 03:36:17 +0000 Michael Van Sickler 21730 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott Delivers Mea Culpa On Voter Purge How S. Floridians Canceled Their Own Votes http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-s-floridians-canceled-their-own-votes <p></p><p>Floridians will remember how hard it was to vote on election day in November of 2012.</p><p>But many will forget what was easy: Losing their vote because of simple mistakes.</p><p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:20:44 +0000 Rick Stone 6839 at http://blog.wlrn.org How S. Floridians Canceled Their Own Votes 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 How Boxer's Bill Could Shrink Voting Lines http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-boxers-bill-could-shrink-voting-lines <p></p><p>A prominent Senate Democrat is trying to federalize election rules in a way that&nbsp;would make it illegal to force voters to wait more than an hour to vote.</p><p><a href="http://boxer.senate.gov/en/press/releases/120512.cfm">U. S. Sen. Barbara Boxer filed her bill</a> -- called the LINE Act -- on Thursday. If it passes, states would have to come into compliance before the next federal election. That would involve applying formulas that determine how many voting machines and poll workers have to be available for the expected number of voters.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:30:40 +0000 Rick Stone 5912 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Boxer's Bill Could Shrink Voting Lines Democrats In U.S. House Want Federal Investigation Of Florida Voting Law http://blog.wlrn.org/post/democrats-us-house-want-federal-investigation-florida-voting-law <p>Just this week, <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/top-republicans-confess-voter-suppression-was-goal-2011-florida-election-law" target="_top">news circulated</a> that former leaders of the Florida Republican Party have admitted that Florida's voting law was aimed at suppressing the vote this year during President Obama's reelection.</p><p>Democrats in the U.S. House are clamoring for a federal investigation.</p><p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:36:22 +0000 Ashley Lopez 5375 at http://blog.wlrn.org Democrats In U.S. House Want Federal Investigation Of Florida Voting Law Why The Lines Were Long: Florida Lacks A Useful Booths-To-Voters Formula http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-lines-were-long-florida-lacks-useful-booths-voters-formula <p></p><p></p><p>Apart from the politics and the voting law that caused so many voting problems, the <a href="http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/1c6cf2398f914383ad5383ac5ff2186d/FL--Florida-Election-Polling-Places">Associated Press is pinpointing another reason</a> for Florida's election day train wreck.</p><p>Basically, the state has no central formula for allocating voters to precincts or booths and scanners to voters.</p><p>It's another one of those stories about how bad Florida is at something that other states have been on top of for years:</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:30:00 +0000 Rick Stone 4825 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why The Lines Were Long: Florida Lacks A Useful Booths-To-Voters Formula Why Charlie Crist Supports Democrat's Bill To Restore Early Voting http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-charlie-crist-supports-democrats-bill-restore-early-voting <p></p><p>Former Gov. Charlie Crist is standing with state Democrats in favor of a bill to fix election problems that embarrassed the state last week.</p><p></p><p>State Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg is the House sponsor of the bill, which would restore early voting to 14 days and allow non-government buildings to be used as early voting site.</p><p></p><p>Crist's name continues to surface as a possible Democratic challenger to Gov. Rick Scott in 2016. He has left the Republican Party and remains an independent who likes to call himself "Citizen Crist."</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 4673 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Charlie Crist Supports Democrat's Bill To Restore Early Voting Count's Final, Obama Won, But Is It Over? Except For Jabs, Politics And Fixes...Maybe http://blog.wlrn.org/post/counts-final-obama-won-it-over-except-jabs-politics-and-fixesmaybe <p></p><p>Tuesday's election in Florida lasted until Saturday when the state was <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=164859755">finally called for President Barack Obama</a>. That's how long it took to sort through the mountains of absentee and other non-standard ballots.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Rick Stone 4516 at http://blog.wlrn.org Count's Final, Obama Won, But Is It Over? Except For Jabs, Politics And Fixes...Maybe The Day After: A WLRN-Miami Herald News Post-Election Special http://blog.wlrn.org/post/day-after-wlrn-miami-herald-news-post-election-special <p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:14:38 +0000 Elaine Chen 4263 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Day After: A WLRN-Miami Herald News Post-Election Special NEWSCAST: Scouring through the mudslinging http://blog.wlrn.org/post/newscast-scouring-through-mudslinging <p>If your final decision on who to vote for was based primarily on what one party accused the other of, break out those washcloths: Phil Latzman cleaned up and broke down those loaded political half-truths on the player above. Latzman sat down with Aaron Sharockman of <a href="http://www.polifacts.com/florida">PolitiFact Florida</a>&nbsp;to discuss the senatorial and presidential races, and uncover the other halves of the truths that Mack, Nelson, Obama and Romney may have conveniently left out.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:47:36 +0000 WLRN Staff 4174 at http://blog.wlrn.org NEWSCAST: Scouring through the mudslinging