Nov 4, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from NEWS PRESS: ORLANDO — Florida Democrats are going to court to get several counties in the state to offer more time for voting before Election Day.
The Florida Democratic Party filed a federal lawsuit Sunday seeking more voting time in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Those counties were dealing with waits of up to six hours on Saturday, the last scheduled day of early voting.
The party has also filed a separate lawsuit Saturday in Orange County after an early voting site was shut down for several hours. The library was evacuated when a suspicious package was found outside.
Gov. Rick Scott refused requests this week to extend early voting. The federal lawsuit asks that if early voting can’t be extended then counties should offer absentee ballot voting at local election offices.
Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith said the following in a statement:
“Florida’s Republican state legislature has already reduced the number of days to early vote by six days. Because of Gov. Scott’s refusal to follow precedent and extend early voting hours in the face of unprecedented voter turnout in South Florida, we are requesting in federal court that more Floridians have a meaningful chance to early vote.”