Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisSUV plows through cycling Black Lives Matter protesters in New York States move to reopen again as case counts rise Why is Florida screaming about the pay-to-vote system it created? 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.
OVR is online and working. Due to high volume, for about 15 minutes, some users experienced delays while trying to register. We have increased capacity. You can register until midnight tonight.
Thank you to those who immediately brought this to our attention.
— Laurel M. Lee (@FLSecofState) October 5, 2020
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 GinsburgPastor who attended White House event has COVID-19 GOP senator says he would try to vote for SCOTUS nominee even if COVID-19 positive Kelly tops McSally by double digits in Arizona Senate race MORE, a bombshell report regarding President TrumpDonald John TrumpState Department revokes visa of Giuliani-linked Ukrainian ally: report White House Gift Shop selling ‘Trump Defeats COVID’ commemorative coin Biden says he should not have called Trump a clown in first debate 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.
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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 BidenState Department revokes visa of Giuliani-linked Ukrainian ally: report Biden says he should not have called Trump a clown in first debate Biden inquired about calling Trump after coronavirus diagnosis 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.