Florida Democrats file lawsuits over voting

4:21 PM, Nov 4, 2012   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - 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.

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