Florida Elections Chief Resigning After Primary

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s elections chief is resigning from his job after the state’s Jan. 31 presidential primary.

Secretary of State Kurt Browning told Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday that he wants to go back to his home in Pasco County. Browning was the former elections supervisor for that county before he was appointed by former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Browning worked for Crist until April 2010, but the Scott administration asked him to return in January 2011.

Browning says he has no immediate plans, although he says he’s considering running for Pasco County school superintendent. His wife works as a school nurse for the district.

It was during Browning’s tenure that Florida ditched touchscreen voting machines. Browning has also been charged with defending a controversial election law passed last year by state legislators.

Source: Associated Press