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In reversal, Miami-Dade commissioners back reinstating 14 early-voting days -- not just nine

Miami-Dade commissioners did an about-face Tuesday and decided to ask the state for two full weeks of early voting days in future elections — five more days than the board had requested in December.

The latest reversal on voting came after Gov. Rick Scott’s administration called for 14 days of early voting — a flip by the Republican governor, who had refused to extend the pre-Election Day ballot-casting period last year, leading to long lines.

In the wake of the election, and the outrage of many Miami-Dade residents who waited more than six hours to vote, some commissioners wanted to advocate for 14 days of early voting, the period that existed in 2008.

But Mayor Carlos Gimenez and a majority of commissioners argued that request would not pass muster with the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature, which had reduced the number of days in the first place. They asked the state only to restore voting the Sunday before Election Day instead.

“I’m not sure that you’re going to get 14 days out of the state Legislature,” Gimenez said in December.

Then the tide turned in Tallahassee.

More here.

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