Florida’s voter registration portal is down after a high volume of visitors crashed the website Monday afternoon and evening.
The deadline to register in time for the November General Election is midnight.
Secretary of State Laurel Lee tweeted the website was fully back online within minutes of the initial hiccups.
“Due to high volume, for about 15 minutes, some users experienced delays while trying to register,” Lee said just before 6 p.m. “We have increased capacity. You can register until midnight tonight. Thank you to those who immediately brought this to our attention.”
But an hour later, the website was still showing errors as some people tried to connect to the website, RegistertoVoteFlorida.gov.
The Department of State launched the voter registration website in 2017. In October 2018, the site experienced difficulties the day before the registration deadline, and did so again in March following the presidential primary.
Department critics say officials, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, should have anticipated an influx of hopeful voters trying to complete their