Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Allow Florida voters to drop off absentee ballots in person as late as Monday
As voters across the nation gear up for Tuesday’s presidential election, many Florida residents have found themselves struggling simply to cast their votes. Long lines spill out from polling stations, and many citizens have waited hours upon hours just to vote early. Some give up and return home without casting their ballot after facing unreasonable wait times. American votes shouldn’t be suppressed due to inadequate facilities. Demand that Florida allow residents to cast absentee ballots in person on Monday.
Florida Democrats have filed a lawsuit against the state in the hopes that the government will extend early voting hours in South Florida, where many voters have complained about excessive lines and inadequate hours at polling stations. Because Governor Rick Scott recently cut early voting from 14 days to 8 days, polling centers have been overloaded with citizens looking to cast their ballot ahead of election day. As South Florida is the state’s most densely populated area, polling places have simply not been equipped to handle the number of residents seeking to vote early.
Florida can’t be expected to process the same number of early votes in one week instead of two. Excessive congestion at polling stations across South Florida may lead to many lost votes if citizens can’t find the time to drop off a ballot or wait in line on Tuesday. Although election day is only two days away, there’s still a chance for Florida to alleviate excessive lines at polling stations. Demand that Governor Scott give Floridians one more day to cast their votes.
Dear Governor Scott,
Last year, you and the Republican-controlled Legislature pushed to cut the early voting period from 14 days to 8 days. As a result, polling stations have been egregiously overcrowded in the days leading up to the presidential election. Many Floridians have been forced to wait hours upon hours to cast their vote, and many go home without voting at all.
The restriction on early voting silences citizens who would have otherwise been given the chance to cast their ballot. While much of the damage to Floridians’ right to vote has already been done, you still have a chance to relieve excessive lines on election day. Let residents of South Florida cast absentee ballots in person on Monday, the day before the election. Without this extra day, many American voters will be robbed of their fundamental right to vote.
[Your Name Here]
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