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Miami-Dade mayor asks four commissioners to join elections advisory group

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has invited four commissioners to join an elections advisory group he will convene in the wake of the long lines county voters experienced on Election Day.

Gimenez sent letters to Commissioners Lynda Bell, Sally Heyman, Dennis Moss and Rebeca Sosa on Wednesday asking them to form part of the group and identify other community leaders who could participate. The group will conduct a precinct-by-precinct review of what happened Tuesday and make recommendations to the county -- including some to relay to Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers on early voting.

"We could always stand for improvement, and we will," Heyman said at a commission meeting Thursday.

Another commissioner, Javier Souto, also weighed in.

"Democracy is alive and well, and it worked -- it worked very well," he said. "The system got a little bit, uh, difficult at times, but it was about the people, too."

"I think there's always ways to improve on the mechanics of the thing," he added. "We have the best democratic system in the world."