Pam Iorio: Florida election problems an "embarassment"

State says regular, absentee ballots counted

TAMPA - Florida's election reputation keeps coming back.

"It's an embarrassment for our state and we can do better," said Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.

Iorio is pledging action to fix our state's broken election process.

"I'm going to put together a group of individuals who can look at this issue and present reasonable, common sense proposals for the legislature and the Governor to act upon in this upcoming legislative session,"she said.

Iorio says the biggest problem was a monster ballot with too many amendments approved by Florida lawmakers -- pages and pages that kept optical scanners and poll workers counting days after the country decided. 

"We've got to have a law that restricts the number of constitutional amendments that our legislature can put on the ballot," said Iorio.

Iorio was an Elections Supervisor for 10-years and served during Florida's 2000 election recount debacle. She was also part of the reform that followed.  2000 was a year that earned Florida a badge of ridicule and this year, the punch line has been similar.

"Florida tonight remains too close to call.  So where's the good news you say?  Here is it, the election was decided without them," joked Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

Even the president told us something's broken.  "By the way, we have to fix that," said the President.

In Hillsborough County, 3,000 provisional ballots were counted by Thursday evening.

Friday morning Pinellas County tackles 1500 more provisional ballots.

Iorio says its time to change things to make it easier on voters and on Florida's reputation.

"The last voter on election day cast their vote after 1:00 a.m.  Now there is no excuse for that," said Iorio.

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