Sen. Nelson pens letter to Gov. Scott to extend early voting

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla —

On the last day of early voting, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wrote a letter to Gov. Rick Scott requesting him to issue an emergency order to extend early voting hours in Florida into Sunday.

Nelson cites the over 1.7 million early voters that have waited in lines around Florida since the start of early voting last Saturday.

In the letter, Nelson states, "You should be doing everything in your power to make sure everybody has the chance to vote, and that their vote is counted. Instead, Gov. Scott, you are allowing people to be turned away and jeopardizing the credibility of Florida's election."

No word on Scott's response to the letter has been issued.

Earlier in the week, Scott rejected requests by the League of Women Voters and Florida's Democratic Party chairman to extend early voting hours through Sunday.

Around Central Florida, election offices have had a steady stream of voters waiting in line. Some reports have people waiting one to three hours to cast their ballot.

Election supervisors have warned the last day will be their busiest.