Democratic head asks Scott to extend voting time
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The chairman of Florida's Democratic Party is asking Gov. Rick Scott to extend early voting in the state through Sunday to ensure everyone has a chance to be heard.
Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith sent the Republican governor his request Thursday after mounting reports of record voter turnout across the state and long waits for voters in many cases.
In addition to the tight race between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for Florida's 29 electoral votes in the presidential contest, there is also a U.S. Senate contest, 11 amendments, a merit retention up-or-down on three Supreme Court justices and scores of local contests for voters to decide upon.
Gov. Scott was in central Florida on Thursday and not immediately available to comment on the request.
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