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Governor Says Secretary of State Position to Be Refilled Soon

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

Glenda Hood says she’s proud of the reforms that took place during her term, which included the internationally scrutinized 2004 election.

Glenda Hood says, "We had higher voter turnout, we had more people involved in the process, we really put in place and assured that integrity of our process."

But there was plenty of controversy leading up to the 2004 election, and Glenda Hood has many critics who are probably just as glad to see her go.

Republican Hood angered Democrats when she stood by Florida’s flawed felon purge list until the state was forced to abandon it, dismissed concerns about touch-screen voting machines that don’t leave a paper trail, and restricted the use of provisional ballots. The American Civil Liberties Union repeatedly took her to court.

Larry Spalding with the ACLU says, "Our grade for her during her tenure, certainly in voting rights, would be about a D."

Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho says the problem is the process. The secretary of state is appointed by the governor.

Ion Sancho says, "We need to have an independent board of elections not under the control of a political figure."

But Jeb Bush doesn’t see any need for a change.

Gov. Jeb Bush says, "Secretary Hood proves that if you’re a person of integrity, you can manage to run elections and do the other important responsibilities of the department."

The governor says he hopes to name Hood’s replacement by the end of the month.

Secretary of State Hood’s resignation is effective November 21. She is not ruling out a possible run for office in the future, but a spokeswoman says Hood is not planning to run against her predecessor, Katherine Harris, in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.


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