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Harrington to testify in Tallahasse

Gabrielle Sarann

Harrington to testify in Tallahasse

CREATED Jan. 13, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan. 14, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Remember the snaking lines on Election Day?

"It took me three hours and 20 minutes, which is totally ridiculous," said a voter on November 6.

Many at Cape Coral precincts and other locations waited hours. Some until after midnight to cast ballots.

"I feel like I'm not being allowed to vote," said another voter that day.

It's the very reason Lee County Elections Supervisor Sharon Harrington will testify in Tallahassee on Monday. Harrington is among 10 state supervisors called for this special hearing before The Florida Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections. The goal is to make sure what went wrong never happens again.

"I heard it was a nightmare," said Seth Landrigan, of Cape Coral, who's glad he voted by absentee. "I heard there were a lot of people waiting several hours."

Harrington is expected to ask for increasing early voting hours to ease frustration at the polls.

"What is your reaction to Harrington testifying?" asked Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann to Bill Eardley, of Cape Coral, who spent two hours in line on Election Day. "It's a good thing somebody ought to do something," he replied.

Eardley has been a registered Florida voter for 18 years.

"Is this the longest you've ever had to wait at the polls?, asked Sarann. "Oh, yeah!," said Eardley.

He says there's one solution. "More machines, very simple," suggested Eardley.

But neighbor, Jan Angelucci, believes the whole system should change.

"I don't think that more staff, more voting machines, is gonna do it," said Angelucci. After she waited two and a half hours to cast her ballot, she suggested studying other states voting process for answers.

"This does not seem to be a nationwide problem," said Angelucci. "It might be good to see what they're doing, what procedures they follow, what kind of equipment they use."

The hearings are January 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

And The Florida State Association of Supervisors says it will request giving county supervisors the option to allow up to 14 days of early voting. Lawmakers reduced that period to eight days as part of an elections bill approved two years ago.
 

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