Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel Lee announced on Tuesday that the voter registration deadline for the November election will be extended after the state’s registration website experienced some technical issues.
The voter registration window was supposed to close on Monday, but Florida officials agreed to allow registrations to continue until Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. EDT.
“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,” Lee 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 to submit a voter registration application by 7:00 p.m. this evening,” she added.
Lee said that the registration received “an unprecedented 1.1 million requests per hour” on Monday afternoon, which contributed to the website failures. She said the secretary of state’s office would be investigating the glitches to ensure that they were prompted by the sudden influx of voters rather than an outside 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.
Lee noted that all valid registrations that were mailed into the state and postmarked by Oct. 6 would be accepted as well.
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