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Supervisors seek more early voting days and sites, shorter ballots
Posted Jan 23, 2013 by William March
Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Florida elections supervisors are seeking more early voting days and sites, and shorter ballot descriptions for constitutional amendments, in a request to the Florida Legislature.
The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, the association representing the supervisors in each of the 67 counties, publicized their requests in a news release today from Pasco Supervisor Brian Corley, chairman of the group’s legislative affairs committee.
It contains three main requests:
—Requiring that constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the Legislature face the same requirements as amendments that come from citizen initiatives—a title no more than 15 words, and a description no more than 75 words. Lengthy ballot descriptions inflated the length of the Nov. 6 ballot, adding to long voting lines.
—Allowing up to six optional, additional days of early voting in addition to the eight now authorized in the law. That would match the 14 days allowed before the Legislature’s 2011 elections law shortened early voting.
—Allowing supervisors to choose early voting sites. The 2011 law limited the sites to public libraries and local government offices.