Gov. Rick Scott Decides Not to Extend Early Voting in Florida
City: The Whole Damn State
Date: November 2012
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, forever stuck in situations where he has to explain himself, stood by his decision to not extend early voting hours, even though some people waited for as long as nine hours to cast a ballot. Former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican who reanimated himself as an independent, accused Scott of "voter suppression," saying Scott should've extended poll hours as he did back in 2008 when he was still governor.
When Election Day finally came, things didn't improve, as some voters in Miami-Dade county waited as long as six hours. Voting finally ended at 1:30 a.m. the morning after the election, when President Obama had already been declared the winner. Although Mitt Romney had conceded the state on the Thursday following the election, by that Friday afternoon, Florida still had not been called for Obama.
Scott and the state's GOP-led legislature have been criticized for shrinking the number of early voting days from 14 to 8, and also crowding the ballot with confusing, long-form amendments. The lines led to more absentee ballots, which took longer to count. Scott's mishandling of the 2012 vote may have cost him votes when he goes up for re-election in 2014.
[via Huffington Post]