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Fla. Democrats: Early voting extended in 1 county

3:33 PM, Nov 4, 2012   |    comments
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Gary Fineout, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A judge has ordered Orange County to open up early voting for four more hours.

The Florida Democratic Party filed lawsuits seeking to get four counties to offer more time for voting before Election Day.

The lawsuit filed in Orange County asked for additional time because an early voting site in that county was shut down for several hours while authorities investigated a suspicious package.

The judge has ordered that the Winter Park early voting site be opened for four hours on Sunday afternoon.

The party has a separate federal lawsuit seeking more early voting time in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Those counties were dealing with waits of up to six hours on Saturday, the last scheduled day of early voting.

Gov. Rick Scott refused requests this week from Democrats to extend early voting.

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