DeSantis Extends Florida Voter Registration Deadline After Website Crashes

Topline

After a Florida voter registration website crashed on the final day residents were eligible to register for the November election, Gov. Ron DeStantis extended the state’s registration deadline by one day, giving Floridians until 7 p.m. Tuesday to enroll to vote.

Key Facts

Unprecedented traffic caused serious delays, malfunctions, error messages and eventually crashed Florida’s voter registration site Monday, just hours before the state’s midnight registration deadline.

The system failure could have potentially prevented thousands from registering to vote in the key battleground state.

DeSantis extended the state’s voter registration deadline to 7 p.m. Tuesday and ordered election offices and DMVs to stay open until 7 p.m. for those residents who want to register to vote in person, according to the Associated Press.

Democrats in the state found the crash suspicious and noted that the system proved to be fragile earlier this year.

Key Background

This marks the fourth time the Florida voting portal has crashed since the site launched in 2017. In 2018 the portal crashed one month before primary day, and one day before voter registration deadline for the general election. The site also crashed in March this year, and was taken down for maintenance just before National Voter Registration Day.

Big Number

1.1 million. That’s how many requests the online voter registration system was receiving per hour Monday evening, according to Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee.

Crucial Quote

This is just [the] latest attempt from the Republican leaders in Florida to limit democracy,” Florida Democratic Party chair Terrie Rizzo said in a statement. “The Florida Voter Registration website not working on the last day to register to vote in Florida is blatant voter suppression. Fix the website, stop the suppression, and let democracy work.”

Tangent

Former New York mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Billionaire Mike Bloomberg, raised over $16 million to help Floridians pay fines related to felony charges so they can vote. According to Florida law, those convicted of felonies are not eligible to vote until they’ve paid all fines related to their conviction.

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