JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge says he will rule soon on whether to block a controversial state law that limits the number of early voting days in Florida.
Judge Timothy Corrigan held a three-hour hearing Wednesday on a lawsuit brought by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla. and others that contends the current law discriminates against blacks because they vote early in large percentages.
Corrigan peppered both sides with questions about whether there were reasons for him to block the law so close to Election Day.
The 2011 law passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature cut early voting days from 14 days to eight days, although counties can still offer up to 96 hours.
Florida's urban counties are planning to hold 12 hours of early voting a day leading up to the presidential election.