A judge extended early voting hours in one Florida county on Sunday after the state Democratic Party sued in an effort to give people more time at the polls.
Some voters had faced waits several hours long on Saturday, the last
scheduled day of early voting. The judge ruled on a lawsuit filed late
Saturday in Orange County after an early voting site was shut down for
several hours. The Winter Park library was evacuated when a suspicious
package – a cooler – was found outside. It was later detonated by a
local bomb squad.
Bill Cowles, the Orange County elections supervisor, said
that voters who show up on Sunday will be asked to use a provisional
ballot. The extra hours will be offered at only the Winter Park library.
A Republican Party spokesman said the party was not challenging the
decision. Brian Burgess said state law requires provisional ballots to
be used whenever a court orders an extension of voting hours.
The Democratic state party also filed a federal lawsuit Sunday
morning seeking more voting time in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward
Voting in Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County didn't wrap up
until early Sunday morning because voters standing in line when the
polls closed were allowed to vote. FULL POST