'Why can’t these states be more like Florida?': DeSantis touts election progress 20 years after recount

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Twenty years after Florida was thrust into the national spotlight in the infamous Bush v. Gore recount dispute, has the Sunshine State become a model for hole to hold an election?

Gov. Ron DeSantis made that case during his Wednesday news conference highlighting improvements since 2000.

“I think it’s a testament to the state’s performance that as you see chaos unfolding in some of these other battleground states—where the votes may not be counted for days, where one state isn’t counting anything today, they’re just going to go back tomorrow—that people are actually looking at Florida and asking the question: ‘Why can’t these states be more like Florida?’” DeSantis said.

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Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley told 8 On Your Side being able to count the millions of vote by mail ballots before the polls closed made a big difference in Florida compared to other states facing legal challenges.

8 On Your Side asked Corley if there are lessons other states can learn from Florida going forward about when they should start counting these mail ballots?

“Yeah there is,” Corley said. “The sooner the better.”

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