Florida Democrats File Lawsuit To Extend Voter Registration By One Week Due to Hurricane Michael
By Brad Slager, Sunshine State News // October 10, 2018
last day to register voters was Tuesday, Oct. 9
(SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – With the rapid development of Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico, most Floridians saw an imminent life-and-death threat to the panhandle and Big Bend region of their state.
Not the Florida Democratic Party. They smelled an opportunity and seized it.
The last day to register voters was Tuesday, Oct. 9. But election offices closed in North Florida counties that day so citizens in the storm’s path could prepare.
Democrats were licking their lips.
“The Florida Department of State is committed to ensuring that all eligible Floridians are able to register to vote, including those Floridians who may be impacted by Hurricane Michael,” Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner wrote in a memorandum distributed late Monday night.
To compensate for the day missed, Detzner authorized supervisors of elections whose county offices closed a day early to accept paper voter registration applications on the next day their office reopened.
“This will ensure that each Supervisor of Elections Office has the same amount of days to register voters at their office,” Detzner said.
Not content with Detzner’s solution, the FDP filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for a judge to extend the voter registration deadline for registering to vote by a full week. (See the lawsuit here.)
In all counties, not just the ones in the path of Hurricane Michael.
The Democrats claim they speak for citizens denied the right to vote as a result of closures and evacuations.
The lawsuit, filed against Detzner in Tallahassee (where the storm is predicted to hit), declares, “His ‘solution’ is insufficient and confusing. It does not adequately protect the voting rights of Florida citizens who cannot register to vote.”
Do they think Floridians can’t figure out this ruse? A statewide, full-week extension?
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