Advisory group meets over elections

Long lines, slow ballot counting plague election in Miami-Dade

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:21:17 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 07 2013 03:27:16 PM EST

An advisory group met to discuss changes it would like to see to future general elections in Miami-Dade County.

The group, made up of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Supervisor of Elections Penelope Townsley, commissioners, and others, held its final meeting on Monday.

Various problems, including long lines and slow ballot counting, plague the November election in Miami-Dade County.

The group discussed doubling the number of early voting days, opening more early voting locations, limiting the length of the ballot, and increasing the number of staff who count absentee ballots.

"At least one state has a policy that a voter can only stay in the voting booth five minutes," said Townsley.

The group will present its recommendations to the Florida Legislature at the end of January.