Global  

Florida governor extends voter registration after site crash

SeattlePI.com Wednesday, 7 October 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis extended the state’s voter registration deadline Tuesday after he said heavy traffic crashed the state’s online system and potentially prevented thousands of enrolling to cast ballots in next month’s presidential election. Several progressive groups are suing for an additional extension.

DeSantis extended the deadline that expired Monday until 7 p.m. Tuesday. In addition to online registration, DeSantis ordered elections, motor vehicle and tax collectors offices to stay open until that hour for anyone who wanted to register in person. He also said any forms postmarked by Tuesday would be accepted.

Voting and minority rights groups responded with a federal lawsuit, saying the confusion required more time, but DeSantis disagreed, saying the seven-hour outage required a comparable extension. The problems began about 5 p.m. Monday and continued until the midnight deadline.

“You can have the best site in the world, but sometimes there are hiccups,” DeSantis said during a press conference at The Villages, a large retirement community in central Florida. “If 500,000 people descend at the same time, it creates a bottleneck.”

Dream Defenders, New Florida Majority, Organize Florida, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and others filed their lawsuit in Tallahassee, saying at least two additional days were needed to give those denied access enough time to learn of the extension and respond. They said that anything less would be voter suppression.

“No voter should be denied their right to vote during a global health pandemic because Florida did not have a functioning online voter registration system,” said Jorge Vasquez, power and democracy director at Advancement Project National Office, one of the suing groups. No hearing was immediately set.

There were no immediate...
0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 
Video Credit: FOX 4 Now Florida - Published
News video: Voter registration site crashed

Voter registration site crashed 01:31

On the registration deadline, voters are angry because the website is down in Florida. Now voters are asking for an extension.

You Might Like


Related videos from verified sources

Why Did Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Have Trouble Voting? [Video]

Why Did Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Have Trouble Voting?

On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tried to vote in the 2020 elections. He learned his primary address had been changed without his consent. Investigators found his address had been changed..

Credit: Wochit     Duration: 00:35Published
Police Arrest Florida Man For Changing Voter Registration Gov. Ron DeSantis [Video]

Police Arrest Florida Man For Changing Voter Registration Gov. Ron DeSantis

Anthony Guevara has been charged with unauthorized access of a computer and altering a voter registration without consent. Both counts are felonies.

Credit: CBS4 Miami     Duration: 00:33Published
Florida Man Anthony Guevara Accused Of Changing Voter Registration Information For Gov. Ron DeSantis [Video]

Florida Man Anthony Guevara Accused Of Changing Voter Registration Information For Gov. Ron DeSantis

A 20-year-old Naples man was arrested after he reportedly changed voter registration information for Governor Ron DeSantis. Katie Johnston reports.

Credit: CBS Dallas Digital     Duration: 00:38Published

Related news from verified sources

Florida man accused of changing Florida Governor's voter registration

Well, would you look at that: Someone made it slightly more difficult for voter-suppression champion Gov. Ron DeSantis to vote.  The Florida Governor ran...
Mashable

Florida Governor Extends Deadline After Voter Registration Site Crashes

After heavy traffic caused the state's voter registration portal to crash, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended the registration deadline by a day.
NPR

Florida Extends Deadline After Crash of Voter Registration Site

Florida is investigating why its online voter registration system crashed just before the deadline for the upcoming presidential...
Upworthy