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Florida's chief elections official to Miami-Dade County: Draw new voting precincts now


Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, the state's chief elections official, paid a visit to Miami-Dade County Hall on Wednesday morning to urge the county not to wait on drawing new voting precincts.

Detzner came from Tallahassee not on anyone's invitation, he said, but to weigh in during a County Commission discussion on the subject. Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his appointed elections supervisor, Penelope Townsley, have planned to delay the new precincts for another year.

Counties are supposed to evenly distribute voters once every 10 years. Miami-Dade has not "re-precincted" since 2002.

"It's not a question of if re-precincting should be done in Miami-Dade County, but when," Detzner said. "When is not later, but I recommend now."

New precincts would shift 55 percent of the county's 1.3 million voters. Some commissioners say they fear that would cause widespread confusion.

To that, Detzner said: "Let's not underestimate the voters of Miami-Dade County."

Townsley unveiled a modified plan Wednesday that would move around far fewer voters -- around 5 percent -- this year.


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Wendy Sejour

Can't believe I'm saying this but I agree with the Secretary of State. This could have and should have been done in 2011 or 2013. The majority of the work of redrawing the precincts is done, the County is holding off on implementing because it would be hard work, and would require massive training of poll workers and the voters,really?! If they had done the job when they were supposed to it would not be as bad. Postponing or phasing in (meaning they would be ding it twice!) will only make it more difficult. Stop the procrastinating and do the job!


I can't believe the local elected officials would rather have long lines and chaos; and risk causing Florida to be the laughing stock of the nation once again - because it may cause confusion??? Under that premise, they should and would never re-precinct.

Get the job done for crying out loud.

Bill Thompson

Yes it should have been done in 2013, an off year in the election cycle. This should be done in an off year. What is this Detzner's sudden interest in this situation? He does not come to the table with clean hands and has other reasons for wanting the change. Like creating confusion among minority voters and at Miami-Dade precincts on election day.


What a loser thompson is he spends his whole day complaining because his life sucks so much. Whats the matter the world isn't as nice to you as mommy said it would be you pathetic loser? Go crawl back under the rock you live under or the bridge is more like, the pigeons are waiting since you haven't spoken to them yet today.

Tally Folly

D you are the loser, all you do is get on here and trash other people who don't agree with your right wing perspective. People like you are the reason the voters are leaving the Republican Party.
Keep it up idiot.

Bill Thompson

On the contrary, my life is fantastic. I have a wonderful family and a wonderful life. I live very well and get to enjoy this great weather every day. I get to work from home when I feel like it and I'm very successful. So life is good for me.

It must be terrible to go through life being bitter, jealous and hateful like you are. How sad.


Bill, you ask "What is this Detzner's sudden interest in this situation?"

It's the fact that Miami Dade was contemplating putting off the redraw beyond another election... it wasn't for any other reason than to bring sanity to the long lines and problems that occurred during the past two elections in Miami that everyone points to and blames the Republicans for... be fails to recognize the inactions of the local supervisors and those who fail to do their jobs.


What a loser you are thompson making "work from home" otherwise known as sitting on the couch stoned with cash from welfare and every other government program I can use to leach off society. Its good your mommy still lets you live at home you loser so the rest of us don't have to pay for your house you leach.

Bill Thompson

You couldn't be further from the truth.

You are getting repetitive and boring. I think my parrot has a larger vocabulary than you do. If you want to keep shoveling it out, fine. I couldn't care less and won't be wasting my time responding to your Dumb, Demented, Deranged, Dopey and Distorted Diatribe. I have better things to do with my time.


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