Early-Voting Row Causes Chaos in Florida
Dems sue to extend GOP-shortened voting
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2012 2:50 AM CST
Diana Camacho, left, chants "we want to vote," after the elections office in Miami-Dade County closed its doors to voters who waited in long lines for an absentee ballot.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(Newser) – There were chaotic scenes outside Miami-Dade County election headquarters yesterday after voting was abruptly shut down as hundreds of people waited in line. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a Republican, ordered a halt to voting after discovering that his deputy mayor had agreed to the election supervisor's request to allow voters to request and return absentee ballots for four hours, Miami Herald reports. The state's GOP-controlled legislature has eliminated early voting the Sunday before Election Day, but the law allows elections supervisors to accept in-person absentee ballots at their discretion.

Voters outside the headquarters banged on the glass and chanted "Let us vote" after the shutdown. After about an hour, Gimenez relented and allowed the angry crowd to vote. "I'm upset at this change, but at the end, when you have 200, 300 voters out there ready to go, you really can’t disenfranchise them," he said. Before the Miami-Dade debacle, Florida's Democratic Party filed a lawsuit seeking to extend early voting after long lines Saturday prevented many people from casting their ballots, the New York Times reports.

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jrh
Nov 5, 2012 3:49 PM CST
If the people in Florida do not react to the voter suppression that is going on there by retaliation to those that are doing it. The first amendment give everyone free speech and the 2nd amendment gives them the right to bare arms and the Law gives them the right to stand their ground and protect their rights to vote. Are the people doing this surpression willing to face body harm?
JackNelsonSteward
Nov 5, 2012 12:28 PM CST
Y'all just pop the popcorn and grab you a beer and sit on down. Florida's going to provide drama and suspense. We have a Republican-controlled legislature and governor in a state that is registered more Democrat than Republican and the chicanery and sleight of hand has been going on around here for months. No matter which way the state goes, the shit's gonna hit the fan Lawyers in squads are lined up, briefs and suits and injunctions all writ up and ready to fly ... Yessir ... have you a seat.
Caps
Nov 5, 2012 11:42 AM CST
Is Florida going to f--k up the election again this year?