Laurel Lee extends voter registration deadline to 7 p.m. after online debacle

Secretary of State Laurel Lee has reopened voter registration until 7 p.m. Tuesday following the online portal’s crash Monday.

After meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday morning to brief him on the disruption to voting registration that began hours before Monday’s midnight deadline, Lee said she was “exploring all options” to remedy those who couldn’t sign up. Some hopeful registrants couldn’t connect to the Department of State’s online registration portal beginning that afternoon.

An hour and a half after her initial announcement Tuesday, Lee announced the portal would be open from noon until 7 p.m.

“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 7:00 p.m. this evening,” Lee said.

Despite the Secretary of State tweeting that the website was back online, a high volume of traffic meant most people trying to connect received error messages. The website received 1.1 million requests per hour, which Lee called unprecedented.

“We will work with our state and federal law-enforcement partners to ensure this was not a deliberate act against the voting process,” she said.

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