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November 5, 2012

Lawsuit filed at Florida due to long lines at early voting

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Florida voters had to wait as long as eight hours just to vote early. The lawsuit was filed by Democrats on Saturday morning in a Miami federal court. The extended voting hours in counties included Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward due to inadequate voting facilities.

According to the Miami Herald‘s website the filing claims states: The extraordinarily long lines deterred or prevented voters from waiting to vote. Some voters left the polling sites upon learning of the expected wait, and others refused to line up altogether. These long lines and extreme delays unduly and unjustifiably burdened the right to vote.”

Rick ScottR Governor of Florida has steadfastly refused to keep polls open beyond an 8 day early voting period that ended Saturday at 7:00 pm local time (000 UTC) or make that Sunday 1:00 am local time (600 UTC) when the last voter in line in Miami-Dade was finally able to cast a ballot.

There were long lines especially for Miami-Dade at 7:25 am local time (1225 UTC) on Saturday. Two of the country’s 20 stations for early voting were already suffering 5 hour times to wait. Six locations listed wait times of six or more hours on Saturday afternoon, hampered perhaps in part by a hefty ballot of 10 pages for most voters.

The GOP legislature of Florida had cut the number of early voting days from 14 to 8 in 2011. It eliminated its own tradionally based heavy Sunday prior to Election Day, however the number of maximum numbers were kept. This move was signed into law by governor Scott, as well as approved by federal courts.

Cquote1.svg We are requesting in federal court that more Floridians have a meaningful chance to early vote. Cquote2.svg

—Rod Smith

The problems are not limited to long waits in Southern Florida according to the Tampa Bay Times.


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