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Early voting over in Florida … or is it?

Early voting in Florida was scheduled to wrap up on Saturday, but Sunshine State voters can still cast ballots Sunday in some key counties.

The state Democratic Party filed a lawsuit to extend voting in four counties, the Tampa Bay Times reported. A judge has extended early voting in Orange County (which is the Orlando metro area) on Sunday after one voting site was shut down for part of Saturday due to a suspicious package.

In both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties in the Tampa area, voters could still utilize over-the-counter" absentee mail ballots on Sunday. 

The state GOP has appealed the decision in Orange County, the AP noted, meaning Sunday voters there will use provisional ballots.

In Miami-Dade County, a work-around to the state provision eliminating early voting on Sunday attracted an overwhelming number of voters wishing to cast ballots, the Miami Herald reported

It's all worth keeping an eye on as polls show a close race between Presdient Obama and Mitt Romney for the state's 29 electoral votes. 

Updated at 5:28 p.m. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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