BREAKING: Showdown Looming Between Rick Scott and Monroe Elections Supervisor?
“I fully support early voting to increase participation in our elections. And I support the use of the maximum number of early voting hours as is appropriate in each county. There is an easy and clear path for the five supervisors of elections to comply with their legal duties under both state and federal law. I applaud the four supervisors who have unequivocally stated that they will adopt an early voting plan that allows 96 hours of early voting from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Such steps will comply with the federal court’s opinion. These supervisors have a duty under state law to implement the new system, and a duty under federal law to obtain federal approval of that plan. Moving forward, I will continue to take all necessary and appropriate action to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed, that supervisors are fulfilling their duties, and that the voters of this state have free and fair elections.”
The four county supervisors of elections who will adopt the new regime are those of Collier, Hardee, Hendry, and Hillsborough. The fifth holdout is Monroe, whose supervisor, Republican Harry Sawyer, has said he will continue following the former law, keeping early polls open for 12 days, and eight hours each day.
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