A reminder, Florida’s online registration system, was taken down for “maintenance” in 2019, by the Republican-controlled state officials, right before National Voter Registration Day.
The website is maintained by the Florida Department of State. At around 6 PM Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee tweeted out “OVR is online and working. Due to high volume, for about 15 minutes, some users experienced delays while trying to register. We have increased capacity. You can register until midnight tonight. Thank you to those who immediately brought this to our attention.”
Reporters, including those at the Tampa Bay Times say that the website continued to have serious problems with crashing, and Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani followed that up by tweeting “Voter registration website continues to NOT work for many Floridians. Retweet if you think Florida should extend the voter registration deadline by at least one day!”
On Tuesday morning, Secretary of State Laurel Lee told news outlets that she had met with Gov. Ron DeSantis. She released a statement saying “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. We will be issuing an update as soon as possible.” Maybe “as soon as possible” will be after November 3?
Update: The Florida Department of State just announced it will be extending its online voter registration until 7pm tonight!
BREAKING: Florida extends voter registration deadline until 7pm tonight. There were widespread issues with the online voter registration website yesterday.
From Department of State office: pic.twitter.com/bOXaJtDOG0
— Danny Rivero (@TooMuchMe) October 6, 2020