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Early Voting Hours Extended in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's governor has changed his mind, and decided to extend early voting hours amid record turnout.

Charlie Crist had said earlier Tuesday he didn't think the law allowed him to extend early voting.

Crist said it specified that polling sites be open eight hours each weekday and a total of eight hours on the weekends.

Later Tuesday, the Republican governor issued an executive order extending the hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and a total of 12 hours this weekend.

Early voting ends on Sunday.

About 2 million Floridians have cast ballots ahead of the Nov. 4 election - amounting to 20 percent of the total eligible voter pool.

More than half of the early voters have been registered Democrats.


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