Ken Detzner Seeks ‘Solutions’ Not Blame to Fix Elections

By: Jim Turner | Posted: November 20, 2012 10:50 AM

Ken Detzner

Secretary of State Ken Detzner | Credit: FLA500.com

Gov. Rick Scott said he’s satisfied with the results of the highly contested Congressional District 18 contest that U.S. Rep. Allen West conceded two weeks after the general election.

“That’s what all the numbers show,” Scott said.

But, while the governor and other members of the state Election Commission accepted the unofficial results from St. Lucie County as they certified the rest of the state results on Tuesday, Scott expressed “disappointment” with the reports of long lines, broken tabulating machines, incorrect ballots, misplaced ballots and other problems that cropped up throughout the process.

“My goal is to have honest and fair elections,” Scott said after signing off on the election results, reiterating that he awaits a report from Secretary of State Ken Detzner on how the state can address the fiascos the media gleefully highlighted throughout the election.

Detzner said he has already formed a team to meet with supervisors of elections from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, to address why people waited hours to vote during early voting and on Election Day.  

From there, he will meet with other supervisors and voters to discuss the election and how the process could be improved.

But any recommendations may not be ready to be placed on the governor’s desk until after the new year.

“I’m not one to fix fault, I’m a problem solver. We’re going to look at what we need to fix the issues, whether it is an appropriation from the local governments or a suggestion from the state government, clearly people waiting in line is not an acceptable standard for our elections process,” Detzner said. “I don’t afix blame, I’m looking for solutions.”

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.

Comments (6)

8:43PM NOV 22ND 2012
Liar, liars and lying
7:58PM NOV 20TH 2012
Go tell that headline to the Speaker and Senate President . . . they seem bound and determined to have a blame game against county supervisors, and respond accordingly, rather than fix the problems they created . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Michael Wiliams
4:20PM NOV 20TH 2012
The simplest solution is to make three changes to Florida's absentee ballot procedures:
1. Send absentee ballots to all registered voters, not just those who ask for them.
2. Provide pre-paid postage return envelopes.
3. Provide absentee ballot drop off bins at grocery stores, fire stations, schools where people can put their return envelopes if too late to mail them in time.
This system has worked incredibly well in Oregon for six straight general elections.
Already a large percentage of Florida ballots are mailed in anyway, right?
3:37PM NOV 20TH 2012
With the vast majority of the problems being in Democrat-controlled counties, remind me again why this is all the fault of the GOP?
8:45PM NOV 22ND 2012
They conspired the fiasco,s in democratic counties,,,where have you been,,,mars
8:03PM NOV 20TH 2012
Exactly . . . . who do you think created those rules that created the problems in urban "Democratic" counties . . . . oh, yeah, that's right, it was the GOP while the Democrats accurately predicted what would happen . . . and DID . . . . . .the GOP gets the blame for this one, many times over . . . (P.S. - check out your urbanizing Republican counties and you'll find they had some of the same problems) . . . . .

Pathetic attempt at spin and politics of the "Big Lie". . . . .

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