The people of Florida desperately want to vote:
People are getting out to vote — but many of them are having to wait in line for three or four hours to do so. One contributor to DailyKos claimed it took 9 hours to vote. In Miami-Dade on Saturday, people who had gotten in line by 7:00 p.m. were allowed to vote; the last person wasn't checked in until 1 a.m., meaning it took some individuals six hours to cast a ballot.
But in Miami-Dade at least, the government is making it awfully hard for them:
Shortly before the temporary shutdown an hour earlier, the department had said it would not be able to accommodate more than the around 180 voters who were in line by 2 p.m. Then the office shut its doors, and people in line started shouting, “Let us vote!”
Some voters who had parked in a lot across the street saw their cars getting towed.
And Florida officials are doing their damndest to make sure early voters can vote. If they're Republican, that is:
In response, Republican-affiliated election officials in Miami-Dade have effectively extended early voting from 1PM to 5PM today by allowing “in-person” absentee voting. But this accommodation will only be available in a single location in the most Republican area of the county.
Nearly every city within 5 to 10 miles of this location — including Hialeah, Miami Springs, Sweetwater and Miami Lakes — has a substantial Republican voter registration advantage.
It's practically a tradition at this point: If elected officials in Florida weren't desperately trying to disenfranchise poor, minority, and Democratic voters, it would hardly feel like a presidential election.