Florida Governor Rick Scott is defending his decision not to extend early voting, as Steve noted earlier. "I’m very confident that the right thing happened," he told Daralene Jones of WFTV Channel 9 in Orange County, Florida. As Jones reported, Scott dodged her question over and over.
Meanwhile, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sounded a different note in an interview with local WOKV radio. Detzner suggested that his boss, Governor Scott, knows there were problems:
Detzner said Governor Scott asked the State Department to make recommendations to him to solve some of the issues "with regard to the enthusiasm for early voting."
"It's an administrative issue," he said. "I think we can address it and have it fixed for the next time and I think that's what people want and we're going to fix it."
It’s hard to tell from the story whether Scott, by way of Detzner, sees voter enthusiasm as being more at fault than the state’s failure to prepare. Given that Scott cut early voting in Florida almost in half and then, seeing long lines during early voting, refused to extend it, and now says he did the right thing, I could see where folks would be leery. Governor Scott himself compared the state's reaction to the election to that of a business reassessing its performance.
As for administration fixes*, Detzner tells CNN that Florida can alleviate lines by changing the law to allow for more polling places in more kinds of locations. See also: California, and remember, broken elections are not just Florida's problem.