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Fight To Extend Voter Registration Goes To Federal Court

Oct 12, 2016

A federal judge is going to consider whether to extend the voter registration deadline in the battleground state of Florida.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether the deadline should be extended due to the disruption and damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Walker already extended the deadline one day after the Florida Democratic Party filed a lawsuit last weekend.

Democrats had asked Gov. Rick Scott to extend the Oct. 11 deadline due to the powerful storm that scraped Florida's east coast and is being blamed for several deaths.

Scott turned down the request and said that people have had enough time to register.

But Jackie Schutz, a spokeswoman for Scott, said Tuesday that the state will accept the court's decision on the deadline.