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Early Voting Concerns

October 28th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Calls for an extension of early voting hours, or complaints there are not enough early voting sites are flooding the Governors office.

From one end of the state to another, new early voting records are likely to be set. As lines continue to grow, so do calls for the Governor to expand the hours of early voting. But he says it is something he cant do.

Under the law, its opened for eight hours a day and eight hours for the weekend, Governor Charlie Crist said. And that is whats happening in the counties throughout the state.

In 2005, state lawmakers voted to restrict where and when early voting could be held.

The line here in Tallahassee has been steady. People coming as fast as they leave and its taking about 30 minutes to get to the front of the line.

For voters, 30 minute lines were tolerable.

You know, I want to vote, voter Vanessa Moore said. So, I dont mind.

But other parts of the state face much longer lines.

Well, its worth it. Election time is one of the biggest times in the young folks generation, voter Adam Bryant said.

Democratic activist Jon Ausman says two counties, Manatee and Pinellas have the lowest early voting turnout in the state because the counties have five times the number of voters per early site than any other county. He calls it a partisan effort to dampen Democratic turnout.

The reality is, theyre suppressing everybodys voter turnout by doing this, Ausman said.

Early voting ends this weekend.

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