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Judge orders voter registration extension

first_img October 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm Wow, that was surprising that many days. The governor must be mad. I have seen tables set up registering voters, in front of Big Lots and in front of Sav A Lot, but that was before the storm. Voting booths in polling place “Hurricane Matthew not only forced many of those voters to evacuate the state, but also foreclosed the only methods of registering to vote: in person or by mail,” Walker wrote. “Because those aspiring eligible voters could not register, they could not vote in the upcoming election. As a result, Florida’s statutory framework completely disenfranchises thousands of voters, and amounts to a severe burden on the right to vote.” Mama Mia Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here TAGSOrange County Supervisor of Elections Previous articleFast Facts about fire, home fires and smoke alarmsNext articleApopka man charged with kidnapping and sexual battery Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Use this link to check your Voter Registration Status.Make sure your address is correct. If you moved since the last election you should update your address with the Supervisor of Elections.Registration forms are available at Apopka City Hall and any Orange County Library location.  You can use this link to download the Voter Registration Form.The Supervisor of Elections office encourages voters to drop the signed forms in person.  If you choose to mail the form it must be Postmarked no later than Tuesday, October 11, 2016.  The mailing address is:Supervisor of ElectionsPO Box 562001Orlando FL 32856-2001 Reply A federal judge agreed Wednesday to extend voting registration in Florida until Tuesday, October 18th because of the impact of Hurricane Matthew.Judge Mark E. Walker, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, initially granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily moved the deadline to today so he could hold a hearing on the matter.Attorney Marc Elias argued in court filings that Florida voters faced a “…daunting, and indeed, life threatening obstacle” to register to vote because of Hurricane Matthew. He said “a massive and dangerous weather event that has threatened Florida with substantial damage and loss of life.”Last week, Governor Rick Scott opposed the extension, saying last week that “people have had time to register.”“We’ll now be able to make up for lost time and help register people whose lives were disrupted by the storm,” said Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. “Our goal is to help every Floridian register, vote, and be heard, and we’re grateful that the storm did not silence their voices.”“It has been suggested that the issue of extending the voter registration deadline is about politics. Poppycock,” Judge Mark Walker wrote in his preliminary order. “This case is about the right of aspiring eligible voters to register and to have their votes counted. Nothing could be more fundamental to our democracy.” 1 COMMENT Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img

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