By 9:30 at the Deltona Library on Saturday morning, the line had stretched around the adjacent restrooms and amphitheater for more than two hours as voters waited to take advantage of the last day of early voting in Volusia County.
In South Florida, even longer lines had formed. Some sites in Miami-Dade and Broward counties reported a wait time of about four hours; one Miami-Dade poll reported a six-hour wait….
Prompted by word of the long lines in some locations, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson on Saturday asked Gov. Rick Scott to extend early voting hours.
Nelson said he asked Scott to issue an emergency order extending early voting hours at least through Sunday. The governor has rejected earlier calls to extend early voting to help alleviate long lines at the polls.
In a letter Nelson’s office said he sent to Scott, Nelson wrote the governor should be “doing everything in your power to make sure everybody has the chance to vote, and that their vote is counted. Nelson wrote Scott is “allowing people to be turned away and jeopardizing the credibility of Florida’s election.”
Nelson said a precedent was set for extending the voting when Gov. Crist extended early voting hours statewide during the 2008 election. More than 3.5 million voters are estimated to have voted in Florida already, Nelson said.
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