Some States Reveal Early Voters' Party Affiliation

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For about 30 million Americans, Election Day is already over. That's because they took advantage of early voting options in 34 states, and Washington, D.C.

Their votes won't be counted until Tuesday, but several swing states have released the party affiliation of those who voted early.

In Ohio, 29 percent of early voters were Democrats, and 23 percent Republicans.

In Florida, 43 percent were Democrats and 40 percent Republicans.

But in Colorado, 37 percent were Republicans, and 35 percent Democrats.

It is important to note that those tallies do not mention the substantial numbers of independent voters who actually hold the key to the election.

Meanwhile, election lawsuits are already in motion over early voting in the Sunshine State.

A new voting law made Saturday the last day to cast an early ballot, but extraordinary lines in many places had voters waiting up to six hours.

Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott refused to extend early voting hours, prompting Democrats to file an emergency lawsuit Sunday to force the state government to extend early voting.

A judge extended the early voting hours in Orange County to Sunday, where one polling place had to be evacuated after a bomb scare.

Republicans are not challenging that ruling, but they are opposed to Democratic suits in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward counties.

Republican party official A.J. Matthews said the Democrats are looking ahead to possible battles after the election.

"The Florida Democratic Party is obviously trying to put the foot in the door just in case the election doesn't go their way - this is the first step," Matthews said.

Democrat official Chris Mitchell said they want to protect everyone's vote, regardless of political party.

"Those were Democrats and Republicans that were standing in those five- to six hour-long lines so we want to make sure people have the right to exercise their vote," he said.

State election law permits election offices to receive absentee ballots through Tuesday as long as they are cast in person.

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