Fla. Gov. Scott does 180 shift on early voting
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ALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says more early voting days are needed to alleviate the long lines and delays in counting ballots that were a problem last November.
Scott, who signed the 2011 bill that slashed early voting days from 14 to 8, issued his statement Thursday. Scott not only defended the law in court, but refused to extend early voting hours after complaints of long lines.
On Thursday, he also called for a shorter ballot, more early voting sites and the option to hold early voting on the Sunday before the election.
Lawmakers are considering changes to the voting process after Florida was criticized over six-hour-long voting lines and for not being able to confirm for days that President Barack Obama narrowly carried the state over Republican Mitt Romney.