Florida supervisor of elections, ready for change

State Senate Election is Tuesday
Posted at 3:12 PM, Jan 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-11 16:27:08-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Florida supervisors of elections are trying to play clean up after they say the 2012 elections was a mess.

"This is a priority the state of Florida has been embarrassed and we certainly don't want to be embarrassed by elections anymore," said Sancho.

Ion Sancho, Leon County Supervisor of elections spoke to us by phone. he's along with other Florida supervisor of elections are meeting at the election center in Washington to find solutions to make elections run smoother.

In 2011, the Florida legislature set the maximum early voting days at just 8.

Sancho is among those pushing for early voting to be extended to 14 days.

It's an effort to help accommodate nearly 11 million registered voters.

"People waited 7 hours, 5-7 hours on election day and that's simply not tolerable the process should be designed so that nobody has to wait no longer than about a half hour," said Sancho.

Jessica Lowe-Minor with the League of Women voters says supervisors have their support.

"We hope that supervisors of elections will be given more flexibility in where they can actually conduct early voting right now there's a limit," said Lowe-Minor

Sancho said the costs for personnel went up 57% this past election because they had to pay people to work more hours with less days. They paid out thousands of dollars of over time.

In 2008 the general election cost Leon county $177,754, but last years election cost them $323,000, that's nearly double.

"We need to bring this information forward , the legislature wants to process us such as cost effective well we really need to go back to a system where we can have more days and fewer hours," said Sancho.

Elections supervisors will meet with lawmakers during committee meetings in Tallahassee. Monday and Tuesday with the Senate and Tuesday and Wednesday with the house.