Nelson joins chorus of Democrats urging Scott extend voting hoursby John Kennedy | November 3rd, 2012
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson added his voice Saturday to a chorus of Democrats urging Republican Gov. Rick Scott to extend early voting hours, scheduled to end later in the day.
Long lines at polling places were still being reported around the state — with waits topping an hour common. Scott has already dismissed calls from Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith and others to push the early voting deadline past 7 p.m. Saturday.
“You should be doing everything in your power to make sure everybody has the chance to vote, and that their vote is counted,” Nelson said in a letter Saturday to Scott. “Instead, Gov. Scott, you are allowing people to be turned away and jeopardizing the credibility of Florida’s election.”
Surveys show the presidential race in Florida is tight, with Republican Mitt Romney likely holding a narrow lead. Republican leaders say Nelson’s opponent, Fort Myers U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, could be lifted to victory by a strong GOP turnout, overcoming polls that show him trailing by an average 6.7 percentage points heading into the campaign’s final weekend.