Lawmakers Visit Leon County’s Supervisor Of Elections

Feb 19, 2013

Behind the scenes at the Leon County Voting Operations Center.
Credit Steven Rodriguez / WFSU-FM

Recent changes to Florida’s election laws have caused uproars in the courts and the voting lines. Members of Florida’s Senate Ethics and Elections Committee took a field trip on Tuesday to the Leon County’s Supervisor of Elections office to get a behind the scenes look at how the elections process works.

From absentee and provisional ballots to poll workers and street sign distribution, Senators were shown the detailed processes that make an election happen.  Leon County Supervisor of Elections, Ion Sancho, said the trip should shed some light on the complexities of Election Night.

“They had no knowledge of the procedures that we’re using in elections, but it makes a difference to them and the way they write the laws,” Sancho said.

Senators of the Ethics and Elections Committee were shown around the Leon County’s Voting Operations Center, in eastern Tallahassee.  There they were given step by step breakdown of what an election ballot goes through to be counted. Several lawmakers have said changes to laws are coming in order to avoid past problems like long ballots and wait times caused by the shortening of early voting days and times.

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