Coalition calls for task force to review Florida elections

ORLANDO — A coalition of advocacy groups is calling on Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers to appoint a task force that can review problems from Florida's election.

Members of the League of Women Voters, the NAACP and AARP said Tuesday that the task force should offer recommendations to lawmakers before the start of the next legislative session.

The groups say election problems include budget cuts to the state's election supervisors, a reduction in early-voting days, a record-long ballot, lines of up to six hours at some precincts and a four day delay in knowing which presidential candidate won Florida.

The advocates say the problems have made Florida a national punch-line for late-night comics.

A similar task force was created after election problems surfaced in Florida in 2000.

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