|Published:||Oct 26, 2012 1:49 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 26, 2012 1:49 PM EDT|
MIAMI (AP) - Rallies and get-out-the-vote events are planned this weekend across Florida to mark Saturday's start of the early voting period.
Organizers say at least 135 Florida churches will take part in "souls to the polls" bus and car caravans Sunday aimed at getting mostly Latino and African-American congregations to cast ballots early.
Labor unions and church leaders are also planning rallies Saturday that thousands of people are expected to attend.
Early voting in Florida runs from Saturday through Nov. 3. Poll times vary by county.
This year's early voting period is shorter than in previous elections. Voting rights groups concerned about problems with access unsuccessfully challenged the reduced time frame in the courts.
Officials say more than 1.1 million Floridians have already cast ballots through mail-in absentee voting.
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