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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

Early Voting Extended in Florida

Voters wait in line to pick up their ballots inside the Hamilton County Board of Elections after it opened for early voting, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Cincinnati. Ohioans can cast an early ballot by mail or in person beginning Tuesday for the Nov. 6 election.(AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Early voting is being extending in several Florida counties on Sunday, after several lawsuits were filed by the state's Democratic Party.

In Orange County, a judge ordered an extra four hours of early voting, the Associated Press reported. Voters were stuck in long lines on Saturday, which was the last scheduled day of early voting, after voting was shut down at the country's election office for several hours due to a suspicious package.

Voters in Orange County will have to use a provisional ballot after the state Republican Party appealed the decision.


The state Democratic Party also sued for more early voting time in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The AP reports that voting didn't wrap up in Miami-Dade County until 1 a.m. on Sunday.

On Sunday morning, Miami-Dade’s elections department announced that voters can cast absentee ballots on Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Miami Herald reports. Broward elections offices will also be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. However, Miami-Dade shut down in-person absentee voting two hours in because they did not have enough resources, the Miami Herald reports. By 2 p.m., around 180 people showed up to the elections department.

"Let us vote," the crowd shouted, according to the Herald.

In 2011, the Republican-controlled state legislature reduced the number of early voting days from 14 days to eight.

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