As the election results came in last Tuesday night, many Floridians were still waiting for their chance to vote.
That’s why Florida Governor Rick Scott is requesting a thorough investigation into the state’s voting process.
"We are glad that so many voters made their voices heard in this election, but as we go forward we must see improvements in our election process," Gov. Scott said in a statement. "I have asked Secretary of State Ken Detzner to review this general election and report on ways we can improve the process after all the races are certified.”
Voter turnout in Florida rose to 8.5 million people this year in comparison to the 8.3 Floridians that voted in the 2008 election.
However in the 2008 election, citizens were able to early vote for two weeks as opposed to the eight days given this year. Election officials were allowed to schedule a minimum of 48 hours of early voting.
"As part of this evaluation, Secretary Detzner will meet with county election supervisors, who are elected or appointed to their position – especially those who ran elections in counties where voters experienced long lines of four hours or more," Gov. Scott said. "We need to make improvements for Florida voters and it is important to look at processes on the state and the county level. We will carefully review suggestions for bettering the voting process in our state."
President Barack Obama voiced his concerns about Florida’s voting process during his re-election speech Tuesday night.
"I want to thank every American who participated in this election," he said. “Whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time – by the way, we have to fix that."
Earlier this year, the Republican governor requested a voting review instructing election officials to evaluate their voting rolls and eliminate people who were ineligible to vote.
Days after the election, CNN projected that President Obama narrowly won the majority of Florida votes.