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Voting Rights
2:40 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Locals Testify On Florida's Election Issues

The commissioners from left to right: Leon W. Russell, Dr. Daniel A. Smith, The Honorable Dan Gelber and Lida Rodriguez-Taseff.
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The National Commission on Voting Rights met Monday at the University of Miami. 

National and local experts on voting law heard witness testimony on topics ranging from felon disenfranchisement, to long voting lines, to restroom access at polling places.

The goal of this commission is to create reports out of the testimony in hopes that Congress will make changes to voting laws. 

Hear what some Florida voters would like to see changed for the 2016 election.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Week Of The Supremes: Gay Marriage And Voting Rights

Despite the landmark ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, married same-sex couples here won't be able to take advantage of the full range of federal benefits.
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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 Voting Rights Act as well as the U.S. Senate's vote on the immigration bill.

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Session 2013
9:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Two Years Later, State Voting Law Fixes Take Root Where The Problem Was Caused

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.

A Senate bill instituting one of the reforms proposed by Secretary of State  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.

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Voting Problems
7:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Completing His 180, Gov. Scott Calls For Restoring Original 14 Days Of Early Voting

RETHINKING: Gov. Scott signed the bill that reduced the early voting period and caused problems for voters such as these in Pembroke Pines. Now he says he favors returning to the original 14 days.
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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.

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.

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Voting Problems
9:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Republican Party Spokesman: ‘More Than One Way To Fix' Voting Problems

These voters in Miami waited in line about three hours before casting their ballots.
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The elections supervisor in the state capital says the Legislature will have to make changes to avoid what happened during the last election.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have filed bills in Tallahassee to increase the number of early voting hours.

Proposals by the Democrats call for a return to 14 days of early voting.

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Voting Problems
7:09 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Florida's 'Obvious' Voting Problem, The Long Ballot, May Have No Easy Fix

A LONG READ: Senate President Don Gaetz said the long, dense ballot was as daunting as the book of Leviticus.

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.

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.

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Voting Law
2:31 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Miami-Dade Grand Jury Cites 'Gaping Holes' In Florida's Absentee Voting System

VOTING ABSENTEE: On Election Day, voters found it easier to vote absentee in person at the Supervisor of Elections office in Doral.
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"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.

At the top of the list of the grand jury's 23 urgent recommendations:

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Charlie Crist
3:34 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

What Charlie Crist Has To Say About Rick Scott’s Handling Of Election 2012

In a U.S. Senate hearing, Crist lambasted Scott for signing an election law that reduced early voting hours, when many minorities vote.
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In what may be a preview of the governor’s race, former governor Charlie Crist directly criticized Governor Rick Scott before a U.S. Senate hearing on voting rights. Crist was critical of Scott for helping to pass a 2011 election law that limited early voting hours. 

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Charlie Crist
2:50 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

5 Reasons Crist Shouldn't Run For Governor

With his public statements and recent switch to the Democratic party, Crist may be positioning himself for a 2014 run against Governor Rick Scott.
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If state Democrats have doubts about Charlie Crist's break with the GOP, he'll be giving them more proof on Wednesday.  

Crist will be testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Voting Rights on the impact of Florida's 2011 election law.  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.  

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Voting
8:07 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Miami-Dade's 3 Ways To Fix Voting Problems

APPEALING TO TALLAHASSEE: Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Penelope Townsley and Mayor Carlos Gimenez

On his listening tour in counties where voting  was a problem last month, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner got three suggestions in Miami on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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Voting Rights
7:30 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Legislator Wants To Change Some Overlooked Parts Of Florida's Voting Law

State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg.
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There have already been a number of bills filed by Democratic state lawmakers to change parts of Florida's controversial voting law during the upcoming  Legislative session, which starts March 5.

Most of the bills, so far, focus on early voting rules that were changed in 2011 -- when the Republican-controlled  Legislature overhauled the state's voting law.

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The Florida Vote
10:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

South Florida Elections Officials Blamed For Election's Long Lines, Delayed Count

KEN DETZNER: Florida's secretary of state says South Florida elections officials
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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.

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.

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Florida Legislature
7:16 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Democrats File Bills To Revive Early Voting

State Sen. Gwen Margolis, Miami, has introduced some changes to early voting for 2013.
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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.

Among the changes: Democratic state Sens. Gwen Margolis of Miami and Arthenia Joyner of Tampa have introduced bills that would make early voting more accessible and last longer.

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The Florida Roundup
5:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

What's Going On With Obamacare, Early Voting And The Miami Marlins

The Marlins' purge of some of its top players has upset fans and local officials still fuming over what some viewed as a lopsided stadium deal between the team's owner and the city and county.
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This week on The Florida Roundup:  Have state GOP leaders taken the election as a cue to change course? 

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The Election
9:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Miami-Dade Ballot Count Continues

In-Person Absentee: A elections official checks a voter's signature before accepting her absentee ballot.
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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.

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  their polling stations.

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