Published: Nov 04, 2012 10:31 AM EST
Updated: Nov 04, 2012 10:55 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla.- The Florida Democratic Party has filed suit in federal court to extend early voting hours.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith released a statement says, "Voting is a fundamental right, and we all have an interest in assuring that all Americans have effective opportunities to vote. Florida's Republican state legislature has already reduced the number of days to early vote by six days. Because of Gov. Scott's refusal to follow precedent and extend early voting hours in the face of unprecedented voter turnout in South Florida, we are requesting in federal court that more Floridians have a meaningful chance to early vote. We encourage anyone who is in line to vote to stay in line. As long as you are in line whne you polls close, you can still vote."

This comes on the heels of Democratic Senator Bill Nelson asking Governor Scott to issue an emergency order extending early voting hours at least through Sunday.