TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The voter registration deadline in Florida has officially been extended following several issues with the state’s online voter registration system.
Secretary of State Laurel Lee released a statement around noon Tuesday to announce the extension. Voters will now have until 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 6 to register for the November election.
“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 [to] submit a voter registration application by 7 p.m. this evening,” Lee said.
The initial registration deadline for Floridians was midnight on Monday, Oct. 5. But around 6 p.m. Monday, several people trying to register online at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov reported trouble with the website.
Lee initially said the problem lasted only 15 minutes and was caused by a high volume. In a tweet Monday night, Lee said the Department of State had increased capacity to get the website working again.
However, several users still reported on-and-off problems with the online registration site for several more hours, even after Lee said the fix was made.
Lee said she met with Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday morning to brief him