The Florida Democratic Party filed a federal lawsuit Sunday seeking to force Gov. Rick Scott and state elections officials to extend this week’s voter registration deadline because of the disruption caused by Hurricane Matthew.
A host of Democrats, led by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, backed by Florida congressional Democrats and joined by the state’s League of Women Voters and Common Cause-Florida asked Scott to extend Tuesday’s deadline. They said many Floridians wouldn’t be able to get on the voters’ rolls for the November election.
The governor, however, refused the request, saying “everybody’s had a lot of time to register.” Now the dispute will be argued in federal court in Tallahassee.
The lawsuit says, “Defendants’ refusal to extend the voter registration deadline will
have a substantial effect on the upcoming general election and will unfairly and
arbitrarily favor some Florida voters over others.
Unlucky Floridians who happen to live in the counties stricken by Hurricane Matthew who have not yet registered will be unable to register by the October 11 deadline and will therefore not be permitted to vote in the upcoming general election.”