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Florida Secretary of State: long lines show ‘people liked the voting hours’

By Samantha Kimmey
Friday, November 9, 2012 19:55 EDT
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Florida voters brave long lines via AFP
 
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Despite early voting lines reportedly up to six hours long, Florida’s Republican Secretary of State would not apologize for shortening the state’s early voting period from 14 to eight days, reported Think Progress.

CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield specifically asked Rick Detzner whether he regretted shortening the early voting period this year, since “all of those people who didn’t get to the polls early stuck themselves in line and wound up waiting so long that many people walked away and were disenfranchised.”

Detzner, arguing that Florida voters had the same number of hours to vote early, told CNN, “for the first time ever voters could vote during the day for 12 hours during the day, and I can tell you I heard feedback from voters going into election day that they liked the opportunity to vote either in the morning before work or after work. And frankly, I think the turnout is a good representation of the fact that people liked the voting hours and the flexibility that the supervisors had.”

Former GOP Gov. Charlie Christ said this past week that “the only thing that makes any sense as to why this is happening and being done is voter suppression.”

Watch the video, published on YouTube on Nov. 9, below.

[Image via AFP]

 
 
 
 
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