Florida asks court to approve early voting plans

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's administration is seeking court approval of a modified early voting plan for four of five Florida counties - including Collier County - covered by the federal Voting Rights Act.

The state filed its motion Wednesday with a three-judge federal court panel in Washington, D.C.

The court has ruled a provision in a new state election law that reduces the number of early voting days violates the federal law in those five counties.

The court, though, indicated it would approve a plan for 96 hours of early voting over just eight days. The old law allowed those hours over a span of at least 12 days.

The state's motion notes election officials in Collier, Hardee, Hendry and Hillsborough counties have agreed to the plan. The fifth county, Monroe, has rejected it.

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