Judge extends voter registration in Fl. to Wednesday
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
UPDATE: A federal judge on Monday agreed to extend the voter registration deadline in Florida to Wednesday, following Hurricane Matthew, according to the Democratic Party of Florida.
Those wishing to vote in the November 8th election have until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to register.
Florida Democrats are suing Governor Rick Scott over the state’s voter registration deadline. Blaming Hurricane Matthew, Florida Democrats want more time to sign up voters, but the Governor is having none of it.
As thousands of Floridians clean up after Hurricane Matthew—many still without power—a storm of the political kind is brewing in Tallahassee.
The Florida Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against Florida Governor Rick Scott and Secretary Ken Detzner over the state’s deadline to register to vote. That deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday. The Democratic Party wants it extended.
Allison Tant, Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman, said, “It seems like it’s just common sense. People shouldn’t have to decide between their safety and their ability to register to vote.”
Tant claims that Matthew presented a life-threatening hurdle to register to vote. She alleges that Scott, a Trump supporter, is playing party politics.
Tant said, “He’s the chair of the Trump Super Pac. He has never wanted Floridians to have a voice in their government in their state.”
Scott is reviewing the lawsuit. A spokeswoman today told CBS12 that he wants 100 percent participation, and that's why he signed legislation to make it easier to vote.
During a hurricane briefing last week, Governor Scott said everybody has had a lot of time to register to vote.
“It’s not like you’ve got one day, there are lots of opportunities to vote.”
The lawsuit seeks a new deadline of October 18.