On the same day Rick Scott's secretary of state issued a plan to avoid a repeat of November's catastrophic voting delays, a Miami commissioner put out his own, more radical idea: Printing Dade County's ballots in a single language, instead of the lengthy documents in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.
Although Detzner claimed November's elections were "fair," his proposal would undo many of the GOP-led election changes that many blame for the delays. Detzner would set a minimum of eight early voting days, and would give county supervisors the option of adding up to 14 days -- including on the Sunday before elections.
Among the GOP's most widely derided moves was a ban on Sunday early voting -- a day when traditionally black churches in Florida (usually a Democrat-leaning force) often bussed to the polls as a group.
Detzner also backs a 75-word limit on ballot amendments; one reason November's ballot grew to Moby Dick proportions was because of nearly a dozen GOP-sponsored constitutional amendments.
A House subcommittee will vote on whether to send Detzner's proposals to the full House; Zapata's plan, meanwhile, could get preliminary approval from the county commission today.
Tim Elfrink is an award-winning investigative reporter, the managing editor of the Miami New Times and the co-author of "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era." Since 2008, he's written in-depth pieces on police corruption, fatal shootings and social justice issues across South Florida. He's won the George Polk Award and has been a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.