MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Voters in Miami-Dade County and Monroe County are heading to polls Monday for the start of early voting. The early voting is for this year’s August 26 statewide primary.

After complaints of extreme wait times at early voting sites in 2012, the Florida Legislature gave elections supervisors more flexibility with hours and voting locations.

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Counties in Florida must offer at least eight days of early voting for eight hours a day and can expand to 14 days for up to 12 hours a day at places such as city halls, election offices and libraries.

Early voting began at 7 a.m. Monday in Miami-Dade and at 11 a.m. Friday, August 15 in Broward.

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Early voting runs from Monday, August 11 through August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  in Monroe County.

The biggest races this year are the Democratic primaries for governor, between Charlie Crist and Nan Rich; and the race for attorney general, between George Sheldon and Perry Thurston.

The Republican primary ballot will include Gov. Rick Scott and his challengers Yinka Abosede Adeshina and Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder.

Voters can cast ballots at any early voting site in their county of residence.

Miami-Dade County Locations and Hours

Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 18-22, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23-24.

Aventura Government Center (new location), 19200 W. Country Club Dr.

Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Dr.

Coral Gables Library, 3443 Segovia St.

Coral Reef Library, 9211 SW 152nd St.

Miami-Dade Elections Department, 2700 NW 87th Ave., Doral

Homestead Community Center/William F. “Bill” Dickinson Community Center (new location), 1601 N. Krome Ave.

John F. Kennedy Library, 190 W 49th St., Hialeah

Kendall Branch Library, 9100 SW 97th Ave.

Lemon City Library reading room, 430 NE 61st St., Miami

Miami Beach City Hall 3rd floor training room (new location), 1755 Meridian Ave.

Miami Lakes Community Center/Mary Collins (new location), 15151 NW 82nd Ave.

Model City Library at the Caleb Center, 2211 NW 54th St., Miami

North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens

North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132nd St.

North Shore Branch Library program room, 7501 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St.

Stephen P. Clark Government Center lobby, 111 NW 1st St., Miami

West Dade Regional Library, 9445 SW 24th St.

West Flagler Branch Library, 5050 W Flagler St.

West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd.

Broward County Locations and Hours 

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday beginning August 15; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 18-22, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23-24.

African-American Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Coral Ridge Mall north or northwest entrance, 3200 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale

Davie/Cooper City Branch Library, 4600 SW 82nd Ave.

Deerfield Beach Westside Park, 445 SW Second St.

Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach

Fort Lauderdale Branch Library/Art Serve, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. room 130

Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 SE Third St.

Hollywood Branch Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd.

Miramar Library, 2050 Civic Center Pl.

North Regional Library/BC, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek

Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs

Parkland YMCA, 10559 Trails End

Supervisor of Elections office at Lauderhill Mall, 1445 N. State Road 7

Supervisor of Elections office at E. Pat Larkins, 520 Martin Luther King Blvd., Pompano Beach

Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines

Sunrise Senior Center, 10650 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

Tamarac Branch Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd.

Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd.

West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation

Wilton Manors City Hall, 2020 Wilton Dr.

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530 Whitehead St., Key West

100th Street and U.S. 1, Marathon

Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, mile marker 102.5 bayside in Key Largo.

Big Pine Key Library located in the Winn Dixie Plaza 213 Key Deer Blvd.

Islamorada Branch Library, U.S. Hwy. 1, MM. 81.7 Islamorada


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