Five-six hour wait times for early voting prompted in person absentee voting over the weekend and on Monday.
According to our news partner wptv.com, after national attention on five and six-hour waits to vote in South Florida, and a lawsuit by the Florida Democratic Party to extend early voting because of it, Broward and Palm Beach counties highlighted a different way to vote early over the weekend and on Monday: in-person absentee voting, where a voter walks in, requests an absentee ballot, fills it out and turns it in. Elections supervisors even extended office hours over the weekend to allow more of it.
Monday, as the controversy wore on, and the lines for absentee voting grew, Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes extended in-person absentee voting to 7 p.m.
In Palm Beach County, Susan Bucher said early voting went on until 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning because of long lines of voters who were in place before 7 p.m. Saturday, the official ending time.
When a man with a walker knocked on the elections' office door at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Bucher offered him an absentee ballot that he could cast in person.
"Then somebody else came and then lots of people came," Bucher said.
With lines still forming on Monday, Bucher continued issuing absentee ballots to walk-up voters.
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