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Crist signs order to extend early voting to 12 hours a day

Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday signed an executive order extending the hours for early voting. Effective immediately, early voting sites will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Friday and for a total of 12 hours between 7 a.m. on Saturday and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

"I have spoken with the Secretary of State and members of the Florida Legislature and have concluded that it is always the right thing to do to give voters every opportunity to cast a ballot," Governor Crist said. "I have a responsibility to the voters of our state to ensure that the maximum number of citizens can participate in the electoral process, and that every person can exercise the right to vote."

Prior to the 2008 General Election, Florida has seen historic numbers of Floridians registering to vote for the first time. In addition, record numbers of voters have chosen to cast a ballot during early voting.

Current Florida law allows for early voting to be conducted eight hours per day on each weekday, and for a total of eight hours during both weekends during the early voting period. Floridians can contact their county's Supervisor of Elections for dates, times and locations of early voting.

Florida voters can also request absentee ballots to be mailed to them until Oct. 29.