Citing Hurricane Matthew, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Walker disagreed with Gov. Scott, and ruled today to extend Florida voter registration to October 18, 2016.
According to CNN, Judge Walker wrote, “No right is more precious than having a voice in our democracy. Hopefully, it is not lost on anyone that the right to have a voice is why this great country exists in the first place,” he said. The judge noted that he had heard testimony from the Leon County Supervisor of Elections who said the magnitude of the storm imposed “tremendous strain” on elections offices. He also noted that the storm delayed naturalization ceremonies and that new citizens “through no fault of their own” would not have had the opportunity to vote in the election absent his order. A spokesperson for the Florida Secretary of State’s office said they have already sent the order to the Supervisor of Elections.
Florida has a storied history of obstructing voters rights and impacting elections. So red flags flew as soon as Governor Rick Scott told reporters “I’m not going to extend it, Everybody has had a lot of time to register,” just days before Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast.
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This is a high-stakes election.
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