Judge Won't Delay Florida Early Voting Lawsuit

State's request to delay lawsuit over reducing early voting days denied

Friday, Feb 1, 2013  |  Updated 12:59 PM EDT
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It turns out the last day to vote in Florida before Election Day wasn't Saturday, officials told NBC 6 South Florida. After the Florida Democratic Party filed a lawsuit to extend early voting in the state, an Orange County judge ruled that its county voters could cast a ballot Sunday. In South Florida, Christina White, the Deputy Supervisor of Elections, told NBC 6 South Florida about voters casting an absentee ballot Sunday.

Voters Take Wait in Stride Near Miami's Mall of the Americas

The line wrapped around the parking lot and the weather was hot, but Joanne Calderon said she didn't mind. "My gosh, it s a privilege," she said. Meantime, Nuria Cid and Lillian Cabrera said it took them about four hours to vote. At Coral Pine Park in Pinecrest, Dolores Mastrangelo came prepared with a chair, candy, water and magazines. But in Hialeah, Paul Onate said election officials were not organized. Richmond Heights Middle School was empty Tuesday afternoon. Theolia Carter said that was because many residents heeded the call for early voting.
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A federal judge has denied the state's request to delay a lawsuit challenging Florida's reduction in early voting days.
 
The state sought a delay until June 3, about a month after the upcoming legislative session ends, to see if lawmakers restore early voting days they cut in 2011.
 
U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan in Jacksonville on Thursday wrote there's no guarantee such a law will be enacted.

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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, and other plaintiffs contend the Republican-controlled Legislature's decision to reduce early voting from 14 to eight days was discriminatory because blacks vote early in higher percentages.
 
Corrigan ordered pretrial disclosures and interviews to begin on Feb. 22 and be completed by Sept. 6. No trial date yet has been set.

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