And back on topic: Apparently, early voting has been expanded here in Florida!!!
Apparently, in 2005, the Florida State Legislature, which is completely dominated by Republicans, passed a law, signed by then-Governor Jeb "W's brother" Bush, limiting the times and places of early voting. It can only take place in certain types of buildings - elections offices, libraries, and I think city halls, so not in schools or community centers where election day voting often takes place. Also, they limited it to 8 hours per day on week days and 8 hours for the entire weekend.
I'm still trying to figure out how these people avoid lynch mobs and keep their jobs after limiting voting this way.
There were only 11 or 12 early voting places for all of Palm Beach County in 2004, and our new-at-the-time Supervisor of Elections promised to expand that to cut down on lines in the future, but we've got the same 11 locations this year, with 2+ hour lines most of the time. Apparently, Republicans are convinced that the more people who vote, the more likely they are to lose their jobs, so they're cheating any way they can.
On Tuesday, Governor Charlie Crist signed an executive order to keep early voting places open from 7 am to 7 pm on week days and expand the hours to 12 hours over this coming weekend.
This is the same Republican governor who endorsed McCain before the primary here in Florida and helped him get the nomination in the first place. There was even talk of him possibly being a VP pick before McCain picked Palin. Crist goes against his own party in the state legislature fairly often, and he's immensely popular for it. He's the type of "maverick" that McCain used to be before selling his soul to the conservative base in 2004 in the hopes of winning the presidency this year. In two years, when Crist runs for re-election, I may have to seriously consider voting for a Republican for the first time. But a lot can happen before then, and I'll have to see who his opponent is.