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Election watch ~ Early voting may be shut down in FL county

[JURIST] Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections, has threatened to shut down early voting sites in the Florida county, accusing overzealous campaign supporters and the media of "creating havoc" for voters and poll workers at sites. Similar problems have been reported in Palm Beach County where elections officials are considering closing one or more of the county's early voting sites. Florida law prohibits solicitation by campaign supporters within 50 feet of the entrance to a polling place on the day of "any election," but Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood has said that early voting sites are exempt from the 50-foot rule because the sites are in government buildings to which the public must have access. Monday's Palm Beach Post has more.... South Dakota's legislative leaders will decide Monday whether to appeal a September ruling by US District Judge Karen Schreier that the state violated the federal Voting Rights Act by packing Indian voters into a single legislative district. Although Judge Schreier declared the voting districts illegal, she did not ordered the districts to be changed before next week's general election. The ACLU has Judge Schreier's opinion here (scroll down). AP has more.

UPDATE: Florida Governor Jeb Bush has responded to Orange County Election Supervisor Cowles' concern with a letter urging him and others in similar positions to remove people intimidating or interfering with voters. AP has more.

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