The Senate has signed off on a new chief elections officer for Florida. Lynn Hatter reports Ken Detzner has been confirmed as the new Secretary of State.
Ken Detzner previously served as the first appointed Secretary of State under former Governor Jeb Bush. During his Senate confirmation hearing, he told members of the Ethics and rules panel that he has three priorities:
“Number one, the agency will be run independent and fair to all parties. Number two, it will be transparent in all of the work we do. The third one is, that we run elections in Florida so that every eligible voter in Florida gets a chance to vote, and that their votes are counted.”
Detzner replaces Kurt Browning who stepped down following Florida’s Republican primary. As Secretary of State, Detzner will now assume one of the main roles in helping the state navigate redistricting and the upcoming 2012 presidential race.