TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott turned down the request from the chairman of Florida's Democratic Party to extend early voting.
Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith sent the Republican governor his request Thursday after mounting reports of record voter turnout across the state and long waits for voters in many cases. In our area, St. Johns and Clay counties are seeing record turnout. Almost a third of all registered voters in Duval have already gone to the polls.
In addition to the tight race between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for Florida's 29 electoral votes in the presidential contest, there is also a U.S. Senate contest, 11 amendments, a merit retention up-or-down on three Supreme Court justices and scores of local contests for voters to decide upon.
Gov. Scott said the voting process is working just fine.