The majority of voters will have access to the maximum possible hours of 96, spread over eight straight 12-hour days. That’s because supervisors of elections in all large counties chose that schedule, seeking to maximize turnout and reduce chances of long lines on Election Day and confusion from the change in early voting days.
The Legislature last year reduced the number of days from 14 to eight, ending on a Saturday three days before the Nov. 6 election. The state had required 96 hours of early voting but the law was changed to allow at least 48 hours and a maximum of 96, while eliminating early voting on the last Sunday before Election Day.
Miami-Dade and Broward counties are offering the maximum 96 hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for eight consecutive days, beginning Saturday.
“Miami-Dade voters are accustomed to the availability of early voting for 96 hours,” said Christina White, the deputy county election supervisor, in a statement. “To minimize the inconvenience to our voters after the change in law, we felt it was in their best interest to continue offering the maximum numbers of hours allowable by law.”
Miami-Dade elections officials are holding a press conference Friday to announce its early voting hours and locations. They are also advising voters to come prepared because of a longer than usual ballot.
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