Advocates want Florida to extend voter registration deadline

The Florida Department of State said Tuesday it is working with state and federal law enforcement to look at whether there were any “deliberate acts against the voting process” that caused or contributed to outages Monday night to the state’s voter registration website.

Secretary of State Laurel Lee said Tuesday morning that the state is “exploring all options” to make sure all eligible people can register to vote in time for the 2020 general election after users encountered slow responses and error messages in the final hours before the registration deadline. Some users have reported being unable to register in time for the deadline.

Lee met with Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday morning to brief him on the “challenges we encountered last night due to unprecedented volume and traffic to our website,” Lee said in a statement.

She did not provide further details on whether any “deliberate act” was suspected. But she said an update would be coming soon.

Fred Piccolo Jr., spokesman for DeSantis, also tweeted Tuesday morning that an announcement was “coming soon on voter registration.”

A number of voting rights groups are calling for Florida’s voter registration cutoff to be extended after the problems Monday night with RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov.

Florida’s deadline to register in order to be eligible to vote in the 2020 general election was midnight Monday. Paper applications that were mailed in had to be postmarked by Monday.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the ACLU of Florida and the Campaign Legal Center sent a letter on Monday night to Brad McVay, the Florida Department of State’s general counsel, pushing for the deadline to be extended until midnight Tuesday.

“We are contemplating further action,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee, when asked for an update Tuesday morning. “We are prepared