Florida extends voter registration deadline to Tuesday evening after website glitches

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisSUV plows through cycling Black Lives Matter protesters in New York States move to reopen again as case counts rise Why is Florida screaming about the pay-to-vote system it created? MORE (R) extended the state’s voter registration deadline through 7 p.m. Tuesday evening after technical issues plagued the state website on Monday, the cutoff date.

“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,” Secretary of State Laurel Lee (R) 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 submit a voter registration application by 7:00 p.m. this evening,” she added.

Lee said the department was also working to determine whether the glitches were the result of human error or a deliberate 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.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) called on DeSantis to lengthen the deadline by at least 24 hours in a letter earlier Tuesday.

“The deadline exists for a reason — and it is the right of every person in Florida who chooses to register to vote, to do so up until that deadline,” Fried said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Lee tweeted Sunday evening that the site had seen delays of up to 15 minutes, citing the number of users on the site at once. Malfunctions persisted as late as 8 p.m., according to