On Tuesday Governor Rick Scott’s office responded to the sharply worded ruling from U.S. District Judge Mark Walker moving the voter registration deadline from Tuesday to Wednesday as requested by the Florida Democratic Party.
Scott’s office indicated next year they might ask the Legislature to change Florida’s voter registration law.
Jackie Schutz, Scott’s spokeswoman also released the following statement:
The state will follow the court’s decision and discuss with the Legislature possible amendments to current law during the upcoming legislative session.
Schultz continued to say:
Therefore, according to the judge, extending the voter registration deadline was no a decision specifically granted to the governor of Florida, including declaring a state of emergency like Hurricane Matthew. Additionally, the judge stated that the governor is not a proper party to the lawsuit.
Walker also suggested the absence of provisions for the state of emergency was a flaw and potentially made the law unconstitutional because in the wake of the evacuation, it “completely disenfranchises thousands of voters, and amounts to a severe burden on the right to vote.”
That could prompt changes to the voter-registration law.
In the lawsuit filed late Sunday, lawyers for the Democratic Party stated it was unfair for the governor to warn residents to follow evacuation orders ahead of the storm wile at the same time refusing to give people more time to register after the storm displaced them and forced government offices to close.