Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner

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Deadlines for vote-by-mail voters for Florida’s general election are approaching. 

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Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is advising those who intend to run for office that they can begin submitting their paperwork now.

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Florida’s Democratic lawmakers are joining the call to reject the president’s request for voter information. 

Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
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Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes released the results of yesterday’s primary election about twenty minutes early.  Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says that mistake could be costly.

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Final recommendations on a memorial for the unclaimed remains uncovered on the Dozier School for Boy grounds are now heading to the Florida Legislature. But, during the final meeting of the panel tasked with making those suggestions, tensions were pretty high.

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Florida’s elections chief says he’s worried about potential disturbances during this year’s elections, and he’s working with law enforcement and supervisors of elections across the state on a plan.


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 is ready for the 2016 election, that’s what Secretary of State Ken Detzner told a panel of lawmakers during his confirmation hearing.

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With the redistricting process up in the air after lawmakers failed to pass a map proposal last week, the state’s election officials are worried as the 2016 elections draw near.

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


The Legislature agreed to mandate online voter registration by 2017, but don’t log-on yet. Governor Rick Scott’s top elections chief is strongly opposed.  

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Want to make sure you get the chance to thank a veteran for their service? The Florida Department of State is teaming up with the state Department of Veteran’s Affairs and other groups to help send thank you letters to veterans during the month of November.

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Florida won’t be moving ahead with a planned purge of the state’s voter rolls.  Secretary of State Ken Detzner discussed the change of plan Thursday with local elections supervisors.

A sweeping purge of suspected non-citizens from the state’s voter rolls two years ago was thwarted by lawsuits. The state eventually got permission to cross-reference a federal government database but now that won’t be happening.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner says he’s delaying the purge until next year because that federal database is currently changing.

The University of South Florida could ask a judge to intervene if the school’s latest request to unearth the remains of boys believed to have died at the infamous Dozier School for Boys is denied. USF officials are first asking Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner to reconsider his earlier denial of their exhumation permit request, before the matter goes before a judge.

The University of South Florida is not backing down from the state’s denial of a permit to search for more unmarked graves at the infamous Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. USF researchers, with the help of Attorney General Pam Bondi, believe they may unearth the remains of more boys believed to have died due to the alleged abuse received at the former North Florida reform school.

State Officials Get The Party Pumping For Fla. 500th Birthday

Apr 1, 2013
Thomas Andrew Gustafson

Florida’s five-hundredth birthday party is a yearlong event and the in first week of April the celebration is hitting a high note. Starting Monday, Viva 500 Week is bringing with special events and one very large ship across the state.

The state of Florida will continue purging illegally registered voters from its rolls ahead of the general election in November. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Florida has made progress toward accessing a federal non-citizen database , called SAVE, during the last few days.

Detzner says the original list of about 180,000 suspicious names that the state generated last year will not be used.

Florida and the federal government are embroiled in dueling lawsuits over the state’s effort to purge its voter rolls. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner talks about juggling his role as the chief elections officer and planning for the state’s 500th birthday celebration.


Host: Trimmel Gomes

Guest: Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner