LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County's Supervisor of Elections just finished talking to state lawmakers about finding a way to fix Florida elections. Sharon Harrington is in Tallahassee talking about the problems on Election Day, including wait times of six and seven hours.
Harrington told the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee that a perfect storm of problems came together to create the issues we saw on Election Day. She blamed shorter number of early voting days and not enough places to hold early voting on the Election Day turnout. Harrington said long ballots generated increased postage and mailing cost as well as increased printing cost because of the length and weight. She also said the longer ballots slowed the voting process and contributed to those six to seven hour wait times because each page had to be scanned front and back.
Since this was first major general election held using Lee County's new precinct boundaries, some adjustments were made that included reducing the number of voting precincts from 171 to 125. This decision was based on the 2008 election, where nearly 2/3 of voters cast their ballot early.
Harrington is one of 10 Supervisors of Elections from around the state, including Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
The Senate hearing is expected to wrap up around 3:30 p.m., and and Call For Action investigator Genevieve Judge will report at 4:00 p.m. from Tallahassee.