Waiting in line - even for something as important and patriotic as voting in a federal, state, and county election - can be tiresome, but Florida Governor Charlie Crist and the counties of South Florida have taken steps to ease the strain on your combat boots, Oxfords, or Jimmy Choo heels.

Governor Crist signed Executive Order 08-217 Tuesday, extending the hours for early voting during the current General Election. Starting Wednesday, early voting sites will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Friday and for a total of 12 hours between 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For voters in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, clicking on the links below will provide those of you choosing to vote early an idea of the wait you would expect at various sites.

http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/wait-times.asp

http://www.broward.org/earlyvoting/

For early voters, you can use any of the sites listed for the county you reside in. On Election Day, (November 4) you may only vote in your district's location.

The closest office to U.S. Army Garrison -- Miami and U.S. Southern Command happens to be the main office for Miami-Dade County. It is located at Elections Dept. (SOE Main Office), 2700 NW 87th Avenue. Those living in Miami-Dade may vote there, as stated before, Broward residents may use any of the Broward locations up until Election Day.

Governor Crist said in a press release on his web site that he felt it was his responsibility to help get out the vote. "I have spoken with the Secretary of State and members of the Florida Legislature and have concluded that it is always the right thing to do to give voters every opportunity to cast a ballot."

Prior to the 2008 General Election, Florida has seen historic numbers of Floridians registering to vote for the first time, according to the governor's web site. In addition, record numbers of voters have chosen to cast a ballot during early voting, which began on October 20 and runs through November 2.

Page last updated Fri July 22nd, 2011 at 12:16