Presidential Commission seeks best voting practices

Panel meets, listens to lawmakers on how to prevent future voting failures

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ATLANTA, Ga. - Long lines that kept Florida voters in line until Wednesday morning last November resulted in a Presidential Commission.

The panel was in Atlanta on Wednesday listening to lawmakers from around the country on how to prevent future voting failures.

Voters were still in line six hours after the polls closed last November. Florida didn't name its electors for three days.

President Barack Obama appointed a commission to get answers and provide solutions.

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration was in Atlanta on Wednesday taking testimonies from lawmakers across the country. Access and registration remain the biggest concerns.

"But the other thing that Florida is missing is sort of a statutory formula for how to allocate pulling place resources," said Katie O'Connor, of the Advancement Project.

After the long lines, Florida lawmakers were shamed into reversing changes they made two years earlier.

Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville doesn't think they went far enough.

"I think we should of mandated the second Sunday of early voting," said Gibson. "It shouldn't be an option."

Presidential Commissioners said they are aware of the changes Florida made but they said more can be done.

"We heard a number of things that impact lines: Registration, the accuracy of registration," said Presidential Elections Commissioner Christopher Thomas.

No one raised a concern about voters registered illegally, but Gov. Rick Scott said roles in Florida will be purged.

State Sen. Eleanor Sobel calls it a wasted effort.

"We need to be real careful with how we use our dollars and we are using them inappropriately here to suppress voter turnout," said Sobel.

The commission's report is due in December.

Other complaints about recent changes to Florida voting laws include making it easier to change your voting address at the polls.

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