Top News, West Palm Beach, Florida: Governor Charlie Crist declares a state of emergency at Florida polling stations. Crist, signed an executive order extending early voting hours. Effective immediately, early voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, October 31, 2008. The early polling hours will also change to a total of 12 hours over the upcoming weekend. Exact times will be determined, by individual Florida counties, for Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2 early voting times. Secretary of State Kurt Browning, Governor Crist and members of the Florida Legislature conferenced and concluded voters should be provided every opportunity to cast a ballot.
“I have a responsibility to the voters of our state to ensure that the maximum number of citizens can participate in the electoral process, and that every person can exercise the right to vote,” Crist said.
Early Florida voting spans from October 20 through November 2, 2008. The current Florida law, allowing for early voting, was amended from eight hours per day on each weekday, and a total of eight hours during both weekends, to the new emergency enacted twelve hour plan.
Florida voters can also request absentee ballots to be mailed to them until October 29.
Election news informer to Florida voters:Heather L. Ryan JusticeNewsFlash