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Florida Early Voting Cut Short

Lensa Bogale |
November 6, 2012 | 11:42 a.m. PST


Democratic Party may lose votes. (creative commons)
Democratic Party may lose votes. (creative commons)
Early voting was meant to make things easier for voters but changes in Florida’s state election law caused a slew of issues for voters Monday.

Gov. Rick Scott cut the number of voting days from 14 to 8, refusing to extend the early voting hours and causing voters to wait in lines for up to nine hours.

The number of remaining voters was so high that Miami-Dade eventually decided to permit in-person absentee balloting at its headquarters.

The headquarters stopped after two hours due to the large amount of potential voters that came, causing people to become agitated and begin shouting, “Let us vote!” from outside.

The approximately 300,000 less votes from Florida this election is expected to impact the Democratic Party negatively.

The Democratic Party highly benefited from early votes in the 2008 election, accounting for more than 60 percent of the overall 4.37 million votes.

In response to all the chaos, the Florida Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit to extend early voting hours.


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