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Early US voting leads to lines, lawsuit in Florida

Published on Nov 5, 2012 10:52 AM

MIAMI (AFP) - Florida, famous for the presidential election debacle 12 years ago which required the hand-counting of thousands of ballots, is facing new election-related problems ahead of Tuesday's White House vote.

The state's Democratic Party filed a federal lawsuit on Sunday over long delays encountered by some voters who were unable to cast votes in southern Florida despite spending hours in line.

The controversy erupted over "in person absentee ballots" that officials in Miami Dade County said voters would be allowed to cast on Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm (6pm to 10pm GMT, Monday 2am to 6am Singapore time).

The state's Republican governor, Rick Scott, signed a law last year reducing the number of early voting days from 14 to eight and eliminating early voting on the Sunday before Election Day. Early voting officially ended in the state late on Saturday.

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