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Why Charlie Crist Supports Democrat's Bill To Restore Early Voting

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist is standing with state Democrats in favor of a bill to fix election problems that embarrassed the state last week.

State Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg is the House sponsor of the bill, which would restore early voting to 14 days and allow non-government buildings to be used as early voting site.

Crist's name continues to surface as a possible Democratic challenger to Gov. Rick Scott in 2016. He has left the Republican Party and remains an independent who likes to call himself "Citizen Crist."

But Crist has a relationship with President Obama. The Tampa Bay Times quoted Crist discussing a conversation he had with the president while Florida votes were still being counted on Thursday.

"He said, 'You know what? Can you get that moving a little faster down there?'" Crist said, relating the comments of the president, who referred to the problem in his victory speech.

Rouson's bill, which will be co-sponsored in the Senate by newly elected Democrat Darren Soto of Orlando, will also require a cleaner and more concise ballot.