|Published:||Dec 11, 2012 1:05 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 11, 2012 6:08 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Elections officials are learning more about what went wrong on Election Day in Lee County and what they can do to fix it.
Long wait times prompted Ken Detzner, Florida's Secretary of State, to single out Lee as one of the state's most "underperforming" that day.
Detzner met with Sharon Harrington, Lee County Supervisor of Elections, for 3 hours behind closed doors to find out what obstacles her staff faced.
"I'm not here to point the finger. I'm looking for solutions," Detzner said.
Lee County voters reported wait times as long as 6 hours November 6th, and some even cast their ballots after the election was called.
After her meeting with Detzner, Harrington said she felt it was a positive experience.
"We're finally now getting a seat at the table. They're finally asking, 'What do you think? Do you think this is going to be good thing? Do you foresee any problems?' So working together as a team is the best thing that could happen," Harrington said.
Detzner said Lee County's problems ranged from fewer voting locations and not enough scanners -- a county-based issue -- to fewer early voting days and a long ballot, a legislative decision.
"An election is not just about the Supervisor of Elections," Detzner said. "It's about the county manager, commissioners, the state level. We all have a responsibility."
Detzner is also visiting Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie Counties to find out what problems happened there. He will report back to Gov. Rick Scott with his findings.
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