Federal judge extends Florida’s voter registration through at least Wednesday

Voter registration deadline extended by federal court.

Voter registration deadline extended by federal court.

Florida’s deadline for voter registration for the November election was extended Monday to at least 5 p.m., Wednesday by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker granted the Florida Democratic Party’s request for a court order lifting Tuesday’s deadline, arguing that Hurricane Matthew likely kept many Floridians from registering last week.

Walker also has set a hearing for Wednesday, presumably to determine if any more time is needed.

The Hillary Clinton campaign and state Democrats had pushed Gov. Rick Scott to add more days for registering because of the disruption caused by Hurricane Matthew. Scott refused saying, “everybody’s had a lot of time to register.”

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