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Early Voting Extended in Miami-Dade

November 5, 2012

Early voting in Florida's Miami-Dade County was extended to Sunday to allow voters to request and cast absentee ballots in person, officials said.

The Miami-Dade elections headquarters will open between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon to accept in-person absentee ballots, The Miami Herald reported.

The decision was announced Sunday morning after the Florida Democratic Party sued in Miami federal court over a loophole in a state law that eliminated early voting the Sunday.

Meanwhile, with a few days left before the U.S. presidential election, both candidates encouraged supporters to go into their communities and convince others to vote.

The race is so tight, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told voters Saturday in New Hampshire to visit the homes of people who have President Obama signs in their yard to try to change their minds, Politico reported.

Obama also told New Hampshire voters to make sure their friends and neighbors head to the polls Tuesday.

"Make sure they vote for me before you drag them to the polls," he added.

The day before, during a rally in Bristow, Va., Obama asked supporters to talk to potential voters who haven't made a choice between candidates.

"And you've got to tell them it's not just a choice between two candidates or two parties.  It's a choice between two different visions of America.  It's a choice between top-down economics that crashed our economy -- or bottom-up, middle-out economics that create a strong and growing middle class," he said.

The latest batch of polls show Obama leading Romney in the battleground states of Ohio and Iowa, but a mixed picture in Florida. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll showed Obama leading Romney 51 percent to 45 percent in Ohio, and 49 percent to 47 percent in Florida.

A Columbus Dispatch poll released Sunday shows Obama holds a slimmer lead over Romney, at 50 percent to 48 percent, The Hill reported.

Meanwhile, a Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll has Romney ahead of Obama at 51 percent to 45 percent.

The Des Moines Register poll released Saturday shows the president up 47 percent to 42 percent.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012

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