Florida voter registration site running again after Gillum, Democrats allege voter suppression

Florida voter registration site running again after Gillum, Democrats allege voter suppression
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Florida’s voter registration website is back up and running after it was offline for several hours Sunday as it underwent “routine maintenance.”

The Tampa Bay Times reported that the state’s voter registration site was down Sunday morning with a message reading “The Division of Elections is conducting routine maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.”

The maintenance prompted Andrew Gillum, a former Florida Democratic nominee for governor, to call out Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay fines, fees before voting Florida moves to purchase land to protect Everglades from oil drilling Top Latino group: Trump is about to hold a 'fake Christian campaign rally' MORE (R), his former opponent, alleging voter suppression.

“Only thing routine is the voter suppression part,” he tweeted Sunday. 

The news outlet noted that those wishing to register could still downland an English or Spanish PDF of the voter registration form from the site. Additionally, prospective voters could go to individual county Supervisor of Elections websites to register.


Sarah Revell, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of State, told The Hill in a statement that the site was operational again and the allegations were baseless.

"RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov will be up and running this afternoon," Revell said. "This maintenance window will help ensure the site is able to handle the anticipated increase in traffic on National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday."
She added that officials posted an advance notice of the routine maintenance on the website.

The Florida Democratic Party knocked DeSantis and his office for scheduling the maintenance just days before Tuesday's National Voter Registration Day.

"Shuttering the online voter registration site for 'maintenance' as we kick off our largest voter registration week is the latest act of voter suppression from a governor who has doubled down on voter suppression tactics during his short tenure," Terrie Rizzo, chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The Hill has reached out to DeSantis's office for comment.

National Voter Registration Day encourages voter registration drives across the country.