Crist Calls on Florida to Extend Online Voter Registration Deadline

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Washington, DC, October 6, 2020 | comments

St. Petersburg, FL – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) released the following statement calling on the Florida Department of State to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline an additional day following reports that a glitch in the state’s voter registration website caused the site to be down hours before yesterday’s midnight deadline to register.

As Floridians in communities across the state shared their frustration over the broken website, reports have surfaced that prospective voters attempted to register online for hours to no avail.

In 2008, then-Governor Crist signed an executive order to extend early voting hours due to high demand at polling sites throughout the state, increasing voters’ ability to cast their ballots in the presidential election.

“Countless first time voters looking to exercise their right to vote may have had their voices silenced due to a website malfunction,” said Rep. Crist. “The right to vote is enshrined in our Constitution, and the Florida Department of State must fulfill their duty to Florida’s citizens. The State must extend the online voter registration deadline to sufficiently allow for all impacted Floridians to register to vote for this year’s election. This is not about politics, it’s about doing what’s right for the people.”

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