After a Florida voter registration website crashed on the final day residents were eligible to register for the November election, Gov. Ron DeStantis extended the state’s registration deadline by one day, giving Floridians until 7 p.m. Tuesday to enroll to vote.
Unprecedented traffic caused serious delays, malfunctions, error messages and eventually crashed Florida’s voter registration site Monday, just hours before the state’s midnight registration deadline.
The system failure could have potentially prevented thousands from registering to vote in the key battleground state.
DeSantis extended the state’s voter registration deadline to 7 p.m. Tuesday and ordered election offices and DMVs to stay open until 7 p.m. for those residents who want to register to vote in person, according to the Associated Press.
Democrats in the state found the crash suspicious and noted that the system proved to be fragile earlier this year.
This marks the fourth time the Florida voting portal has crashed since the site launched in 2017. In 2018 the portal crashed one month before primary day, and one day before voter registration deadline for the general election. The site also crashed in March this year, and was taken down for maintenance just before National Voter Registration Day.
1.1 million. That’s how many requests the online voter registration system was receiving per hour Monday evening, according to Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee.
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