Florida extends voter registration deadline to Tuesday evening after website glitches

Florida extends voter registration deadline to Tuesday evening after website glitches
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOddsmakers say Harris, not Biden, most likely to win 2024 nomination, election Florida on track to pass 'anti-riot' law requiring state approval for decreases to city police budgets Florida education official tells school districts to make masks optional next year MORE (R) extended the state’s voter registration deadline through 7 p.m. Tuesday evening after technical issues plagued the state website on Monday, the cutoff date.

“This morning I met with Governor DeSantis to brief him on the status of the online voter registration system and the difficulties we encountered last night due to unprecedented volume and traffic to our website," Secretary of State Laurel Lee (R) said in a statement.

"We are working with local Supervisors of Elections and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to ensure that all eligible registrants have the ability submit a voter registration application by 7:00 p.m. this evening,” she added.


Lee said the department was also working to determine whether the glitches were the result of human error or a deliberate attack.

“We’re exploring all options to ensure that all eligible registrants have the ability to register to vote and will work with our state and federal law-enforcement partners to ensure this was not a deliberate act against the voting process,” she said.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) called on DeSantis to lengthen the deadline by at least 24 hours in a letter earlier Tuesday.

“The deadline exists for a reason — and it is the right of every person in Florida who chooses to register to vote, to do so up until that deadline,” Fried said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Lee tweeted Sunday evening that the site had seen delays of up to 15 minutes, citing the number of users on the site at once. Malfunctions persisted as late as 8 p.m., according to the Sentinel.


The extension in the critical battleground state of Florida comes less than a month away from the Nov. 3 election that has been upended by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire Democrats roll out legislation to expand Supreme Court Pelosi rips McConnell in new book: He's an 'enabler of some of the worst stuff' MORE, a bombshell report regarding President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE's taxes and the coronavirus that has lead to the death of over 200,000 domestically, impacted the economy and ripped through the White House. 

Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFox News's Bret Baier posts vaccination selfie The Memo: Specter of vaccine hesitancy rises after J&J blow Trump says Prince Philip's death an 'irreplaceable loss' for UK MORE were diagnosed with the virus late last week following the first presidential debate on Tuesday. 

Trump was hospitalized over the weekend and released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening. His campaign announced today that the president was planning to attend the next presidential debate where he will face off again against Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFour members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE in person despite his COVID-19 diagnosis. The debate is set to take place in Miami. 

A poll released Tuesday showed Biden and Trump tied in the Sunshine State, each garnering 45 percent of the vote in the survey. Six percent of participants were undecided about who they would vote for.