(Image source: Orlando Sentinel)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

A state which is no stranger to presidential election disputes is again at the center of controversy this time around. In Florida, a federal judge has extended early voting hours in one county after the state’s Democratic Party filed a federal lawsuit late Saturday.

 

Citing “extraordinarily long lines” at the polls, the lawsuit seeks to extend early voting hours in South Florida -- a reliably Democratic portion of the state.

 

The suit comes after complaints from voters who say they were discouraged from voting due to long lines at the polls -- some in line for up to eight hours. On Saturday, the Florida Democratic Party released this statement.

 

“Voting is a fundamental right, and we all have an interest in assuring that all Americans have effective opportunities to vote... We encourage anyone who is in line to vote to stay in line. As long as you are in line when the polls close, you can still vote.”

 

A loophole in the law, allowed for some polling centers to reopen their doors for voters to drop off absentee ballots Sunday afternoon. But a bomb scare at the Orange County polling center delayed voting for hours. Ballots cast at that polling center will be kept as provisional ballots in the event of a successful challenge to the judge’s ruling.

 

A spokesman for the state Republican Party said it would not challenge the decision.  

 

Last year, the state’s Republican-led legislature voted to shorten Florida’s early-voting period from 14 days to eight days. On Thursday, Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott refused to extend the polling hours.

 

The editorial board at the Palm Beach Post claims Scott’s refusal to extend polling boils down to voter suppression.


“The attempt to hold down Democratic turnout is obvious. In prior years, more Democrats than Republicans have taken advantage of early voting. Many African-American church congregations organized trips to the polls after Sunday services.” 

 

The Huffington Post reports Florida has even fewer polling places this year than in did in 2008, which could lead to more traffic on Election Day.

 

This year, thirty-four states and the District of Columbia are allowing early voting. 

Florida Judge Extends Early Voting After Democrats Sue

by Elizabeth Hagedorn
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Nov 4, 2012

Florida Judge Extends Early Voting After Democrats Sue

 

(Image source: Orlando Sentinel)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

A state which is no stranger to presidential election disputes is again at the center of controversy this time around. In Florida, a federal judge has extended early voting hours in one county after the state’s Democratic Party filed a federal lawsuit late Saturday.

 

Citing “extraordinarily long lines” at the polls, the lawsuit seeks to extend early voting hours in South Florida -- a reliably Democratic portion of the state.

 

The suit comes after complaints from voters who say they were discouraged from voting due to long lines at the polls -- some in line for up to eight hours. On Saturday, the Florida Democratic Party released this statement.

 

“Voting is a fundamental right, and we all have an interest in assuring that all Americans have effective opportunities to vote... We encourage anyone who is in line to vote to stay in line. As long as you are in line when the polls close, you can still vote.”

 

A loophole in the law, allowed for some polling centers to reopen their doors for voters to drop off absentee ballots Sunday afternoon. But a bomb scare at the Orange County polling center delayed voting for hours. Ballots cast at that polling center will be kept as provisional ballots in the event of a successful challenge to the judge’s ruling.

 

A spokesman for the state Republican Party said it would not challenge the decision.  

 

Last year, the state’s Republican-led legislature voted to shorten Florida’s early-voting period from 14 days to eight days. On Thursday, Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott refused to extend the polling hours.

 

The editorial board at the Palm Beach Post claims Scott’s refusal to extend polling boils down to voter suppression.


“The attempt to hold down Democratic turnout is obvious. In prior years, more Democrats than Republicans have taken advantage of early voting. Many African-American church congregations organized trips to the polls after Sunday services.” 

 

The Huffington Post reports Florida has even fewer polling places this year than in did in 2008, which could lead to more traffic on Election Day.

 

This year, thirty-four states and the District of Columbia are allowing early voting. 

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