Lawsuit requests two-day registration extension for hopeful voters

Voting rights organizations want the Department of State to reopen voting applications for two days after online failures seven hours before the registration deadline.

Secretary of State Laurel Lee has extended the voting registration deadline to 7 p.m. Tuesday following an influx of registrants that downed her department’s online portal Monday. The site received 1.1 million visits per hour over the final stretch of registration, which ended at midnight.

But a lengthy list of organizations say the department’s extension is not enough time and not enough notice for registrants to file to vote. The department should notify Floridians through print media, radio, its website and social media to highlight the expanded opportunities to register, they argue.

Advancement Project National Office, Demos, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer filed the lawsuit on behalf of Dream Defenders, Florida Immigrant Coalition, New Florida Majority and Organize Florida. The complaint, filed at the federal level in the Northern District of Florida, targets both Lee and Gov. Ron DeSantis for the system’s failures.

“We did not have an effective alternative means to assist eligible unregistered Floridians to register before the deadline,” said Dream Defenders Communications Director Nailah Summers. “Given that reality, we are concerned that

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