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Congresswoman Brown challenges Fla. early voting law change

6:25 PM, Jul 27, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Congresswoman Corrine Brown joined ten other voters in filing a federal lawsuit challenging Florida's early voting laws.

The state and Duval County adopted a shorter window of early voting earlier this year, decreasing it from 15 to eight days.

On the steps of the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, Brown said, "There is a deliberate attempt to suppress African-American votes."

Brown says the evidence shows that African-Americans are more heavily dependent on early voting.  Especially on the Sunday prior to an election.

Brown says at the minimum she wants Sunday early voting to happen in August.

A federal judge is taking the lawsuit under advisement.  There could be a hearing as early as next week on the matter.

Supervisor of Electiions Jerry Holland says while the window for early voting is shorter the number of hours is about the same.  He said for the upcoming election in August early voting will last ten hours a day.

Holland noted there is still one Sunday included for early voting, but the Sunday prior to an election is no longer available to voters.

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