They agreed that the state had another messy election this fall, but two political scientists who spoke Tuesday at the University of Florida saw different reasons for problems at the polls.

UF professor Dan Smith said that Republicans pushed through changes to state election laws meant to shrink the electorate and make early voting more difficult.

"But it didn't work quite well enough," he said. "And the Obama campaign, to its credit, used it to help mobilize their supporters."

University of South Florida professor Susan MacManus said that Democrats and Republicans both tried to use election laws to their advantage.

"Each side had their angle on how to test the integrity of the election system," she said.

The duo, perhaps the state's most-quoted political scientists, spoke before a crowd of more than 150 at UF's Bob Graham Center for Public Service. Just a week removed from Election Day, they discussed Florida's long lines at the polls and the long wait to finish counting votes.

"One of the forever ingrained images of Florida will be every state in the country colored in and Florida white," MacManus said.

Smith called the election a "disgrace," with reductions of early voting days and other changes to state election laws that were "designed to fail." He showed research that found those changes disproportionally affected minority and other Democratic-leaning voters.

"Maybe that's why Gov. Scott didn't see a problem with the early voting lines, because they predominantly weren't in Republican neighborhoods," he said. Read more