Florida voters

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Florida’s Democratic lawmakers are joining the call to reject the president’s request for voter information. 

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The Constitution Revision Commission has scheduled a series of public meetings throughout the state. Voter input will shape any amendments the group proposes.

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State lawmakers want to make it harder for Floridians to amend the constitution. The plan would up the percentage of voter approval needed to pass a measure from 60 percent to more than 66 percent.

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Floridians now have until the end of the day Tuesday October 18 to get signed up to vote. A federal judge Wednesday extended the state’s voter registration deadline.

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Early voting is off to a smooth start, according to Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho. Since polls opened Saturday, more 3,700 people have cast their ballots.

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Floridians who have disabilities now have a new resource to help them vote in the upcoming elections. That resource was rolled out today (Tuesday) at the Leon County Elections Center in Tallahassee.

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Following confusion over voter registration in the Presidential Primaries, the Florida League of Women Voters is trying to clarify how voters can be prepared for the upcoming Primary on August 30th.

The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring polling places in 51 counties in 23 states on Election Day. Officials are looking out for election fraud and possible violations of the federal voting rights laws. Several of those counties are in the Central and South Florida areas.

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Election Day is nearly here---However, several Floridians have already been able to cast their vote during the gap between when Early Voting ended and Election Day began. While some say they’re grateful they could avoid the expected long lines of Election Day, others say the lines may not be so long.

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Early Voting in Florida may have officially ended Saturday, but several Supervisors of Elections opened polling locations on Monday to allow for in-person absentee voting. People who showed up at the Leon County Courthouse said they’re grateful they avoided voting on Election Day.

The line at the Leon County Courthouse Saturday was so long, it circulated around the building and down the street, with people waiting for hours. But, Monday was a stark contrast for voters, like Stephen McDaniel, who stood in line for only a couple of minutes.

Early voting begins Saturday, and the Florida Department of State says while they’re not making any concrete predictions, they anticipate a good turnout this election cycle.

In 2008, more than 2.6 million Floridians voted early in the last election, and Florida Department of State spokesman Chris Cate says his department is hoping for much of the same in this year’s election and are encouraging people to vote early:

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Alejandro Capote

In 2008, Barack Obama moved many young voters to vote for the first time. But have they stuck around in 2012? With less than 50 days to go before the general election, Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are battling for Florida’s young voters, who could make all the difference in the notorious swing state.

Alejandro Capote is a 20-year-old political activist and a junior at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

“I’m so grateful and honored to be here, a part of this country. I became a citizen last year. And this’ll be my first election," he said.