Published: Mar 05, 2013 6:32 PM EST
Updated: Mar 05, 2013 6:44 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - On the heels of the governor's state of the state address marking the opening of the 2013 legislative session, a crowd of 50-75 Lee County residents joined a statewide backlash against the 2011 voting law.

The group contends the law's voting changes led to last year's general election fiasco when Floridians waited in line for up to eight hours to cast their ballots.

"We just can't have people waiting 6 hours to vote. It deters voting. It keeps people from exercising their most basic right," voter protection attorney and head of the local "Awake the State" effort, Pete Burkert said.

Participants signed a petition urging lawmakers to change the number of early voting days and precincts and to limit the number of words for constitutional amendments on the ballot, among other things.

The group's website can be viewed by clicking here