A judge has ordered an early-voting site in central Florida to stay open an additional four hours Sunday, following lawsuits filed by the state Democratic party.
The judge ordered the polling site in Orange County to extend its hours because it was shut down Saturday while authorities investigated a suspicious package.
Bill Cowles, the county’s elections supervisor, said voters who are showing up Sunday are being asked to use a provisional ballot because they can be found should the order be overturned, per Florida law.
The Florida Democratic Party filed separate lawsuits to get four counties to offer more time for voting before Election Day. The other counties are Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward.
Voters in those counties had to wait as long as six hours Saturday, the last scheduled day of early voting.
The state Republican party will not appeal the cases, filed in a Miami courthouse, though the group was reportedly considering such a move.
Voting in Miami-Dade County didn’t conclude until about 1 a.m. Sunday because voters standing in line when the polls closed were allowed to vote.