Ahead of last year's election, Florida Governor Rick Scott cut the days for early voting almost in half, and the state ended up with people waiting eight hours to cast a ballot. Now a Republican state legislature has proposed adding back the Sunday before the election. From the Tampa Bay Times:
[Senator Miguel] de la Portilla's bill adds one day of early voting and adds two hours of early voting per day at each site to 14 for a general election. The bill requires each of the 67 supervisors of elections to inform the state of their preparations three months before a general election. The report is required to include staffing levels for early voting, Election Day, and after Election Day, as well as a rundown of the equipment used to tabulate votes at each site.
That bill so far is Republicans' one legislative response to Florida's election debacle. Florida Democrats, meanwhile, have submitted bills to restore all the lost early voting days, add hours overall, and permit counties to open polling places for early voting in more places. The long lines on Election Day in Florida appear to have caused about 49,000 people to give up, an estimated 30,000 of them Democrats. (Image: Trying to vote early at the West Dade Regional Library. How to send us stuff.)