DeSantis, Florida election chief considering voter registration deadline after website failures

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee are considering extending the voter registration deadline after the state’s website errors and glitches on Monday, the last day to register before the general election.

“This morning I met with Governor DeSantis to brief him on the status of the online voter registration system and the challenges we encountered last night due to unprecedented volume and traffic to our website,” Lee said in a prepared statement.

Lee also said her department, which oversees elections, was working to make sure the errors were an honest mistake and not an attack on the system.

“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,” Lee said.

The errors and glitches prompted Democrats to call on DeSantis to extend the deadline.

“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,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried stated in a letter to DeSantis asking him to extend the deadline by at least 24 hours.

DeSantis spokesman Fred Piccolo posted on Twitter than an announcement related to voter registration would be “coming soon.” DeSantis is scheduled to appear at an event in The Villages at noon Tuesday.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

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