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Judge scolds Florida election officials in denying extension of voter registration

Allison Ross
Miami Herald

Potentially thousands of voters were deprived of their right to vote because Florida was “unable to run a functional voter registration website” during the crucial final hours leading up to the registration deadline.

A federal judge on Friday rejected calls by several voting rights groups that Florida should further extend its voter registration deadline following repeated outages to the state’s online portal on Monday night, the last day people could sign up to vote in the Nov. 3 election. [...]

Still, Walker’s ruling took the state to task for the failures to its online voter registration system and said that, had Secretary of State Laurel Lee not already extended the deadline for several hours Tuesday, he would have had “little pause” in granting the request from the plaintiffs, which include organizations like Demos, New Florida Majority and The Advancement Project National Office.

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