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Dems Call For Voter Registration Deadline Extension in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

October 7th, 2016 by flanews

Safety remains the chief concern for people during Hurricane Matthew, but as Matt Galka tells us, the storm has some political fallout – particularly when it comes  to voter registration.

Safety – and probably not  voting – was the top priority for millions of Floridians feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew.  But even with the disruption the Governor said Thursday he had no plans to extend the Tuesday voter registration deadline.

“The registration, everyone has a lot of time to register, on top of that, we’ve got lots of opportunities to vote,” said Gov. Rick Scott (R-Florida).

He doubled down on that Friday.

“I’m focused on a storm, I’m focused on making people, we don’t lose a life, we’re in the middle of a storm,” he said.

The issue could ultimately be settled in court, with the Clinton campaign pushing for an extension. Damien Filer with Progress Florida wonders if the Governor’s position as chair of Donald Trump’s Super PAC influenced his decision.

“If you look at the last election, it was actually decided by fewer people then registered in the last eight days that registered at the deadline,” said Filer.

Political Strategist Kevin Cate says the campaign should refocus their efforts.

“In Pinellas county there is a shortage of early voting sites in key locations, and it’s probably a better use of time trying to expand those early voting locations than the registration,” said Cate.

Florida Democrats have out registered Republicans by nearly 8 to 1 in the state so far.

Earlier today (Friday) Florida Democrats including Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Senator Bill Nelson signed a letter thanking Governor Scott for his handling of the storm…but requested him to extend the voter registration deadline.

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