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Federal Judge Weighs Florida’s Voter Registration Deadline

A roll of “I Voted!” stickers are proven, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, on the Miami-Dade County Elections Department in Doral, Fla. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis prolonged the state’s voter registration deadline after heavy site visitors crashed the state’s on-line system and doubtlessly prevented 1000’s of enrolling to solid ballots in subsequent month’s presidential election. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

A federal decide pointedly requested why the state of Florida on Thursday couldn’t additional lengthen its voter registration interval after a pc meltdown earlier within the week might need prevented untold 1000’s of potential voters from collaborating in Novembers presidential election.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.: A federal decide pointedly requested why the state of Florida on Thursday couldn’t additional lengthen its voter registration interval after a pc meltdown earlier within the week might need prevented untold 1000’s of potential voters from collaborating in Novembers presidential election.

But U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker additionally puzzled whether or not extending the deadline could be an undue burden on election officers throughout Florida, who’re already underneath strain to carry voting amid the coronavirus pandemic and the extreme scrutiny that comes with the states’ standing as a nationwide battleground.

Walker stated he would subject a ruling rapidly, maybe simply hours after listening to arguments from legal professionals representing Florida’s Secretary of State and voter advocacy teams who say 1000’s of Floridians may very well be disenfranchised when state elections servers failed after being overwhelmed by unprecedented site visitors on Monday, the final day to register to vote.

Data filed by the state signifies that 50,000 folks had registered in the course of the prolonged time interval. Based on earlier developments, the decide famous, maybe greater than 20,000 extra folks might need additionally registered to vote, if that they had been in a position to entry the system.

Walker took umbrage at a state legal professionals argument that different venues have been out there to register to vote, together with in-person at an elections workplace or by mail.

Are you significantly taking the place that if it shut down for hours, and 50,000 or 60,000 folks dont get to register, thats a minor factor? For the lifetime of me, I dont perceive that argument, Walker stated.

You all knew folks have been utilizing this web site primarily based on previous years. You knew 1000’s of individuals have been utilizing it, 1000’s of Floridians … precise U.S. residents, and it failed for hours, he stated.

With Floridas 29 electoral votes at stake, the case has nationwide implications.

Floridas chief info officer stated Wednesday that misconfigured pc servers not a cyberattack have been accountable for the crash of the states voter registration system because the deadline approached for enrolling to solid ballots in subsequent months presidential election.

After consulting with Gov. Ron DeSantis, Secretary of State Laurel Lee allowed extra registrations for seven hours on Tuesday.

Voting rights teams argued that the extra time was insufficient and sued the state to reopen the registration interval for a further two days, which might give extra time for Floridians to be notified of the extension and permit them to register by means of the state’s digital portal.

The state countered that extending voter registration once more would create confusion, arguing {that a} additional extension may additionally intrude with county elections workplaces across the state as they course of vote-by-mail ballots and administer early voting.

Walker pushed voting rights teams to justify why a two-day extension was essential, when the web portal was solely down for a part of a day.

The teams embrace Dream Defenders, New Florida Majority, Organize Florida, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and others.

At the top of the listening to, Walker acknowledged that point was of the essence and stated he would resolve as rapidly as he may and presumably subject a ruling Thursday afternoon.

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