Florida Primary Wrap

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, Florida- August 14, 2012

There was no 2000 election repeat, not even close. Polls closed on the 2012 Florida Primary with few problems to report.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner addressed reporters Tuesday night. Detzner says a new election law requiring counties to update the state every 45 minutes after the polls close is speeding up the process.

"It's going to be an early night," said Detzner.

The same law, according to critics, would also hurt early voting because it cut the number of early voting days in half. As it turns out, 350-thousand more ballots were cast early this election when compared to the 2008 primary.

"I think we are on the right glide-slope so to speak for a very good election in November."

One challenge facing the state before the General Election is illegally registered voters possibly thousands of them. Efforts to purge non-citizens from Florida's voting roles have been put on hold, which means some primary ballots may be illegal.

"Yeah, I think that is possible. Our job is to maintain lists and we do that on a regular basis anyway and we are going to do that with the non-citizens as we move forward."

Detzner is confident the state will be able to kick the non-citizen voters off the roles before November.


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