Florida’s county elections supervisors are far from perfect. Miami-Dade’s supervisor admitted to being unprepared for the 2012 turnout, which made lines there longer. St. Lucie County’s elections office miscounted thousands of early-voting ballots, prompting a legal skirmish over Allen West’s surprise defeat. Palm Beach County’s Susan Bucher failed to double-check thousands of absentee ballots printed with a typo before mailing them out, forcing a massive ballot-copying effort.
These sorts of errors happen regularly, and invariably frustrate voters. Yet the solution being bandied about in Tallahassee – more state oversight of the independent elections supervisors – is far worse than the problem it is supposed to address.
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