Presidential race in Fla. still too close to call

Associated Press Published: November 9, 2012
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But on election night this year, it was difficult for officials — and the media — to call the presidential race here, in part because voting stretched into the evening and officials weren't able to tally all of the votes right away.

In Miami-Dade, for instance, so many people were in line at 7 p.m. in certain precincts that some folks didn't vote until after midnight.

The hours-long wait at the polls in some areas, a lengthy ballot and the fact that Gov. Rick Scott refused to extend early voting hours has garnered criticism for Florida's voting process. Some officials have vowed to investigate why there were problems at the polls and how that led to a lengthy vote count.

Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio — who also previously served as Hillsborough County's supervisor of elections — announced on Facebook on Friday that she is organizing a statewide review of voting. She had hoped that the state had moved past the recount of 2000 between George W. Bush and Al Gore, which made the Florida the nation's laughingstock.

"After the 2000 election debacle we set out to improve technology and the laws so that Florida's 67 counties could have standardized processes," she wrote. "What I saw in the past 4 weeks has been a setback for our state."

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