Florida voter registration deadline extended to 7 p.m. Tuesday after website problems Monday night

Posted at 12:21 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 12:40:38-04

Florida's deadline to register to vote has been extended to Tuesday at 7 p.m. after problems with the website Monday night.

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“This morning I met with Governor DeSantis to brief him on the status of the online voter registration system and the difficulties we encountered last night due to unprecedented volume and traffic to our website. 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 submit a voter registration application by 7:00 p.m. this evening,” said Secretary Laurel M. Lee. “During the last few hours, the website was accessed by an unprecedented 1.1 million requests per hour. We will work with our state and federal law-enforcement partners to ensure this was not a deliberate act against the voting process.”

The state says any applications received on Florida’s Online Voter Registration system today, October 6, 2020, will be included in the registration for the November 3, 2020, General Election. Additionally, any applications received through the following channels TODAY will also be accepted:

  • County Supervisors of Elections Offices
  • Local Tax Collector’s Offices
  • Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Driver’s License Offices

Paper applications postmarked by today, October 6, 2020

Governor DeSantis and Secretary Lee will be working with these offices to discuss the availability of extending their office hours today to further assist potential voter registrants, officials say.

“Last night, we experienced an extremely high volume of traffic to the Online Voter Registration System,” said Secretary Lee. “If you are NOT registering to vote, we ask that you do your part for your fellow Floridians and please do not try to access during this time and drive up traffic to the site.”

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Division of Elections’ Voter Assistance Hotline at 1.866.308.6739 (in English and Español). If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Division using the Florida Relay Service, 1.800.955.8771 (TDD), 1.800.955.8770 (Voice), or 1.877.955.8773 (Español).