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September 17, 2014

Long Lines Stopped 200,000 Floridians from Voting

An independent analysis for the Orlando Sentinel found that “at least 201,000 voters likely gave up in frustration on Nov. 6″ due to long lines at the polls.

“Around the state, nearly 2 million registered voters live in precincts that stayed open at least 90 minutes past the scheduled 7 p.m. closing time… Of those, 561,000 voters live in precincts that stayed open three extra hours or longer.”

“Elections supervisors have blamed the long lines and delays on the cutback of early-voting days from 14 to eight that was ordered by the 2011 Legislature, a record-long ballot that included 11 lengthy constitutional amendments and a 71 percent turnout for a hotly contested presidential election.”

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