Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday extended early voting hours across Florida to 12 hours a day.
The executive order comes after record early voting turnout has contributed to long lines at polling sites.
Current Florida law allows for early voting to be conducted eight hours a day each weekday and for a total of eight hours during the weekends.
With Crist’s order, early voting sites will be open the rest of this week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will be open a total of 12 hours on Saturday and Sunday, the last day of early voting.
”It’s not a political decision,” Crist said moments after signing the order, which declares a state of emergency in Florida. “It’s a people decision.”
Reports are that early voting in North Fulton is taking approximately 4-5 hours. I talked with someone who voted in Cherokee yesterday around 5pm and the line was 5 minutes. It’s probably not a widespread problem, but I can see lots of folks in the metro Atlanta area driving right by when they see the long lines.