TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Congresswoman Kathy Castor, who represents the Tampa Bay area, says issues with Florida’s online voter registration system that forced the registration deadline to be extended are a “black eye” on both the state and the governor.
The voter registration deadline in Florida was initially midnight on Monday, Oct. 5. But issues with the online voter registration system prompted the secretary of state to extend the deadline until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Secretary of State Laurel Lee said the problem was so many people trying to access the website at once. But Rep. Castor (D-FL) said the state should have been prepared for that happening.
“Unfortunately there were folks who did procrastinate but we know that happens routinely when you set a deadline and the State of Florida should have been ready for a flood of voters in this very energized election year,” she said.
Lee reopened voter registration for seven hours on Tuesday – from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. – despite calls from Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried to extend the deadline by 24 hours. Rep. Castor said it should have been extended for “at least a couple of days.”
Republican Rep. Greg Steube,