|Published:||Nov 03, 2012 8:36 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Nov 03, 2012 8:36 PM EDT|
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - As people waited more than two hours to cast their vote at the Lehigh Acres Library Saturday afternoon, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stopped by on behalf of the Obama campaign to greet them.
"To me and President Obama, to see this kind of turnout is inspiring," Salazar said, "it really reminds us that the United States of America really is the greatest country on Earth."
Several top Florida Democrats have called on Governor Rick Scott to extend early voting at least one more day. But Salazar shied away from getting involved in that debate.
"At this point in time, Obama for America hasn't made a statement on that yet," Salazar said.
But Senator Bill Nelson has. On Saturday, the Democratic Senator in a tough re-election battle himself, asked Governor Scott to issue an emergency order extending early voting hours at least through Sunday.
In the letter, Nelson states: "You should be doing everything in your power to make sure everybody has the chance to vote, and that their vote is counted. Instead, Governor Scott, you are allowing people to be turned away and jeopardizing the credibility of Florida's election."
Governor Scott's office hasn't responded to the letter yet, but earlier this week he rejected similar calls to extend early voting.
His Lieutenant Governor, Jennifer Carroll, echoed his statements.
"We still have days to vote," said Carroll, referring to election day, "it's not the end yet.
Adam Putnam, Romney's Florida Campaign Chair and the Agriculture Commissioner said "there haven't been any unusual circumstances, there haven't been any weather related events."