Governor Rick Scott said on Thursday he will not extend the deadline for voter registration in the state due to Hurricane Matthew.
Scott told reporters he doesn’t “intend to make changes,” saying “people had time to register” as reported by CNN.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign had called on Florida officials to extend the state’s Tuesday voter registration deadline because of the hurricane’s potential disruption of late signups.
Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook told reporters:
the one thing that we are hoping and expecting is that officials in Florida will adapt deadlines to account for the storm.
The voter registration deadline in Florida is October 11, and our hope would be that a little bit more time will be given for people who were expecting to be able to get registered before the election. We certainly expect that the governor and local officials will make that possible.
Rick Hasen, a University of California-Irvine professor who runs the Election Law Blog predicted that Democrats would sue if governor Scott did not extend the deadline.
First, displaced Floridians who have not registered will want to register, and if FL officials don’t extend deadlines, Dems will sue.