Florida election

Tom Flanigan

Floridians who have disabilities now have a new resource to help them vote in the upcoming elections. That resource was rolled out today (Tuesday) at the Leon County Elections Center in Tallahassee.

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Florida’s elections chief is hoping to prepare new and registered voters for this year’s elections through a toolkit he unveiled Tuesday.

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Florida’s election chief is expecting a huge turnout in the 2016 elections.

Florida elections officials are asking for more choices for the number and location of early voting sites in their counties. Several election supervisors testified Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections.

Seminole County Election Supervisor Mike Ertel echoed the common theme that more flexibility is needed in early voting. He said, for example, the Orange County election supervisor could only open one early voting site in an area where about 30 percent of the population live.

Election supervisors from several Florida counties are turning in their wish lists for how the state’s election law needs to change. The Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections heard  from the county officials Monday about what they think caused problems during the 2012 election.

The committee heard testimony from nine elections supervisors, including those from several of the biggest counties.

The Florida Republican lawmaker who sponsored last-year’s controversial election-law changes that shortened the early voting period has filed new legislation to expand it once again. But the Florida Democratic Party is decrying the new bill as grossly inadequate.

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The 2012 Florida election results are official after the state certified them on Tuesday. After some election-night snags and tight races that kept supervisors counting, even past the deadline, many Florida officials and lawmakers are calling for elections reforms.

With their signatures on the elections certificates, the Florida Elections Canvassing Commission put an end to some hotly contested races. The commission is made up of Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

Several minority-advocacy groups in Florida are conducting large-scale voter-registration and education drives ahead of the state's registration deadline on Oct. 9. The groups have been going full throttle since June, when a judge struck down Florida’s new restrictions on third-party voter drives.

The groups, which represent Hispanic, black and other minority voters, announced their registration efforts on Wednesday.

Polls are open in the Florida primary election until 7 p.m. By Tuesday morning, about 1 million Floridians had already voted, and, because of new laws, returns could come in tonight more quickly than in past years.

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott appointed Florida’s top elections official, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, this year. On Tuesday morning, Detzner spoke with reporters.

"I’m excited that this is my very first election," he said.