Friday, May 27, 2011

Prof. Levitt: Impact of Florida's early-voting law bigger than it seems

By Associate Professor Justin Levitt

Before Thursday, Florida's early vote period spanned 14 days, with 8 hours of voting per weekday and 8 total weekend hours: 96 hours of early voting, total. The new early vote period runs 8 days, with 6-12 hours of voting per day: also up to 96 hours of early voting, total. Most reporting characterizes this as "the same number [of hours], but over fewer days."

These are not, however, the same 96 hours. The former period ran for two weeks, from Monday through the Sunday before Election Day. Now, the period will run from Saturday through Saturday. Leaving off the final Sunday. Which matters.

Read the complete post on the Election Law Blog.

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