With Hurricane Battering 300 Miles of Coast, FLA Republican Governor Scott Refuses to Extend Tuesday's Voter Registration Deadline. JUDGE REBUKES SCOTT -- Extends deadline

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    Oct 07, 2016 6:09 PM GMT
    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/florida-gov-rick-scott-under-fire-voter-registration-decision-n661796Florida Gov. Rick Scott's refusal to extend his state's deadline for voter registration in response to Hurricane Matthew is leading to fears that perhaps tens of thousands of Floridians could be kept from registering, potentially impacting the presidential race.

    The deadline to register is Tuesday, but with 1.5 million Floridians under mandatory evacuation orders, the Hillary Clinton campaign had urged Scott to extend it. He declined....

    ...Progressive groups were in the midst of a major registration drive when the storm hit, many of them targeting minorities.

    "We're on a massive voter registration intake right now," said Goodman, whose organization is non-partisan. "It's come to a grinding halt in these coastal areas."

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    Oct 10, 2016 9:50 PM GMT
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/voter-registration-deadline-is-tuesday-unless-democrats-get-extension-/2297387In rebuke of Gov. Rick Scott, judge grants voter registration extension

    TALLAHASSEE — A judge on Monday extended Florida's voter registration deadline by one more day, through Wednesday, because of Hurricane Matthew, calling it "irrational" for the state to reject the idea.

    U.S. District Judge Mark Walker granted the Florida Democratic Party's request for a temporary restraining order, which included a rebuke of Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, who had refused to extend the deadline past its scheduled expiration of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

    "Quite simply, it is wholly irrational in this instance for Florida to refuse to extend the voter registration deadline when the state already allows the governor to suspend or move the election date due to an unforeseen emergency," Walker wrote in a 16-page order. "If aspiring eligible Florida voters are barred from registering to vote, then those voters are stripped of one of our most precious freedoms."

    The Democrats' lawsuit also asserted that the suspension of mail delivery at the height of the storm could result in some voter registration forms not reaching election offices by Tuesday, disenfranchising more Florida residents.