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State Democrats file suit in federal court to extend early voting



The Florida Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in the wee hours of Sunday morning seeking to extend early-voting hours.

The lawsuit, filed in Miami federal court, argues that an emergency judge's order is necessary to "extend voting opportunities" before Election Day, including allowing voters to cast absentee ballots in person at supervisor of elections' offices -- something Miami-Dade and Broward already allow. Voters can turn in their ballots through 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

It's unclear exactly what more a court could do at this point.

According to the lawsuit, "inadequate polling facilities" in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties led to lines in some cases between six and seven hours long -- longer than elsewhere in the state, the lawsuit says.

"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," the lawsuit says. "These long lines and extreme delays unduly and unjustifiably burdened the right to vote."

Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald

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[Last modified: Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:11am]


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