FL Democrats sue to extend early voting hours
TAMPA, Fla. - The Florida Democratic Party has filed a federal lawsuit to extend early voting hours.
Here is a statement from Florida's Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith:
“Voting is a fundamental right, and we all have an interest in assuring that all Americans have effective opportunities to vote. Florida’s Republican state legislature has already reduced the number of days to early vote by six days. Because of Gov. Scott’s refusal to follow precedent and extend early voting hours in the face of unprecedented voter turnout in South Florida, we are requesting in federal court that more Floridians have a meaningful chance to early vote. We encourage anyone who is in line to vote to stay in line. As long as you are in line when the polls close, you can still vote.”
The lawsuit comes on the heels of recent changes in Florida's early voting process. Last year, lawmakers reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to eight.
But on the other side, the League of Women Voters says the long lines should have prompted Gov. Rick Scott to extend the early voting period.
We wanted to quesiton the governor directly at a rally Saturday night in Ft. Myers but aides snuck him out the back door, so reporters couldn't ask him any questions.
We also reached out to the Florida Democrats office, but a rep said they were just too busy to grant an interview request.
Colleen Hogan, reporter