|Published:||Dec 19, 2012 5:59 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 19, 2012 6:04 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott is calling for a bipartisan plan to fix the state's elections. This comes the same day that two Florida Democrats testified in the Senate about the state's problems on election day.
Governor Scott, speaking Wednesday morning on CNN, said there are three things that need to be addressed to improve voting. The first is the size of the ballot, in many counties the ballot was 12 pages long. Second, is the flexibility of Elections Supervisors to determine the size of precincts and polling locations. Finally, Scott says the state may need more early voting days.
Keep in mind, Governor Scott refused to extend early voting this year, even after several Democratic lawmakers called on him to do so.
Instead, Scott says he was following state law, which limited the number of days.
"We had an election bill that was passed my first year in office by the legislature it was approved by the justice department, so I complied with the law," Scott said.
His comments came on the same day that former Governor Charlie Crist and Senator Bill Nelson testified in front of a Senate Judiciary committee about the state's voting problems. Crist, who recently switched parties and could be a potential challenger to Scott in 2014, criticized Scott's handling of the election.
"Voters who wanted to vote early were subjected to lines of three or four hours. As Governor Scott refused to take action to ease the lines, in some cases those lines extended to six and seven hours," Crist told the committee.
Scott said he was happy overall with the election process. More than eight million Floridians cast their ballots this election season.
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