Florida’s secretary of state issued a directive Tuesday to reopen the state’s voter registration window until 7 p.m. to register.
The decision came hours after voters across the state encountered problems with the registration website, registertovoteflorida.gov, as the clock ticked toward the initial deadline on Monday.
“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 to submit a voter registration application by 7:00 pm this evening,” Secretary of State Laurel Lee said in a public notice released Tuesday afternoon.
According to Lee, the website was inundated with over a million requests per hour in the final hours before the midnight deadline.
“We will work with our state and federal law-enforcement partners to ensure this was not a deliberate act against the voting process,” she added.
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Just before 6 p.m. Monday, Lee announced on Twitter that the website’s functions had been restored and that a “high volume” of visitors caused delays for about 15 minutes.
Hours after that announcement, however, the website was still giving people fits.
Destinee Morin, a recent high school graduate from St. Cloud, who is already registered, spent much of Monday unsuccessfully refreshing the website in an attempt to help register two friends, both of them teenagers and would-be first-time voters.
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A total of 400-450 new CAO offers will be made arising from the Leaving Cert calculated grades computer coding debacle.
he figure covers offers at both Level 8 (honours degree) and Level 7/6, and up to one in four will be for places in Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin).
The Central Applications Office (CAO) will issue the offers to Leaving Cert 2020 candidates on Thursday, in tandem with other Round 4 offers.
Full details of the places will not be known until then but there are quite a number for teaching-related courses.
On the other hand, it is understood that the upgrades will not lead to a surge of offers for Medicine.
The maximum number of new offers for any single course will not be more than eight to 10.
Individual colleges are now working through their capacity to make offers for the current year, but it is understood that the scale of the offering – less than half the potential 1,000 mentioned last week – has not caused alarm in the sector.
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris tweeted today that he was meeting the Higher Education Authority (HEA) at lunchtime.
The HEA is writing to colleges and asking them to advise if there are any particular difficulties.
The pattern of expected offers reflects reports that a lot of upgrades were in the middle space rather than at the upper end from H2 to H1.
Some 6,100 students have been advised that a grade in one or more subjects has increased, after corrections were made to the algorithm that processed the results.
Not all upgrades boost points to the extent that a student becomes entitled to a higher CAO offer.
Also, about 1,000 of those who have received an upgrade were not CAO applicants.
“The Academy Award goes to…” is what went through my mind as I watched what can technically be called a “presidential debate” between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
“It is hard to find the words to describe what we saw on that debate stage last night,” said Robin Roberts in an ABC News Video
Good Morning America Anchor George Stephanopoulos summed it up in one word: “disgrace.”
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Folks on Twitter didn’t hold back in sharing their thoughts after the spectacle:
Well I’m officially stressed. HE IS ARGUING WITH THE MODERATOR #Debatenight
— Raven Diltz (@thewritingraven) September 30, 2020
Joe Biden telling trump to shut up is the highlight of my week. #Debatenight
— taylor (@TaylorHook1) September 30, 2020
— Rebel Knowledge (@RebelKnow) September 30, 2020
— as told by ginger (@specialnobodii) September 30, 2020
— Sabrina L. (@locklooneytune) September 30, 2020
“Will you shut up