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Early Voting Starts In Some Florida Counties, But Not All

Early voting is kicking off Monday in five Florida Counties, but the rest of the state will have to wait until the weekend to cast a ballot

The state’s new election law changed the times for early voting in Florida. But the new rules haven’t been applied yet in five Florida Counties. That’s because those counties have a history of voting discrimination, and under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, any change to the state’s elections law has to be approved by the Federal Government before it can be applied in those counties. That means Florida is operating under two different laws. The Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Howard Simon, said that’s an issue his organization is raising in a lawsuit.

“And if the courts don’t resolve this issue quickly then possibly even the November election is going to be conducted under two different voting laws in the state of Florida," Simon said.

Meanwhile, Florida officials said Floridians will have ample time to cast their ballots.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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