Florida early voting starts in first test of laws easing restrictions

By Tony Doris - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

There was no early voting in Florida until 2002, when lines around the block at polling places immediately proved the experiment a success.

So much so that eight years later, when the Republican-controlled Legislature curtailed early voting days and eliminated it the Sunday before elections — a popular time for minorities with a tradition of after-church, souls-to-the-polls trips — a public uproar led lawmakers to reverse course.

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Staff Writer John Kennedy contributed to this story.

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