|Published:||Nov 04, 2012 9:28 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 04, 2012 11:24 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- State election officials say nearly 4.5 million Floridians have already voted. But Florida Democrats say more people would have gone to the polls if they had more time to do it.
Today the party filed a lawsuit in federal court suing the state to extend early voting hours. Last year, the state reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to 8.
But Florida's Democratic Party says that's not enough, and is taking its concerns to court.
"The backup in Cape Coral, I understand, yesterday, was four to five hours."
It's no secret that if you wanted to vote early you had to wait in line. Often, for a long time. "It's turned out to be a huge problem," said Ken Taylor.
Taylor, Vice Chairman of the the Lee County Democrats, is all fired up.
He says many people didn't get enough time to vote early, and says, if they had more days, the lines would be shorter.
"The Republican legislature deliberately cut the voting by eight days," Taylor said.
His party agrees. On Sunday, Democrats filed a lawsuit seeking more voting time in Broward County, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties, where balloting didn't wrap up until early in the morning.
A judge did allow extended hours at one polling location in Orange County after a bomb scare saturday kept voters away.
Lee County's supervisor of elections says she understands that lines some lines are long, but offers some advice for future elections. "Be prepared. We're getting a lot of last minute address changes. this has caused a lot of confusion at the polling locations," said Sharon Harringon.
With a long ballot this year, Harrington also recommends that you bring a list of people you're voting for with you into the booth.
"We have no problems with people taking in their little cheat sheets with them. It will speed up the process when they get into the voting booth," she said.
Governor Rick Scott has remained quiet about the lawsuit at this time.
WINK-TV also reached out repeatedly to Lee County's Republican Party representatives.