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Saturday, May 18, 2024

State voter registration deadline extended, judge orders

A federal judge has issued a one-day extension to Florida’s voter registration deadline and will hear arguments on a longer extension in a Wednesday hearing.

The order from District Judge Mark Walker is at least a partial victory for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The initial registration deadline was Tuesday, but Florida Democrats asked the court to extend the deadline. They argued that would-be voters deserved more time after Republican Gov. Rick Scott urged 1.5 million Florida residents to evacuate last week as Hurricane Matthew approached the U.S. coastline.

Clinton’s campaign supported the lawsuit.

Aides to Clinton and Republican Donald Trump acknowledge they missed several days of voter outreach.

The judge’s order extends the deadline through 5 p.m. Wednesday. He will hear arguments earlier in the day on a longer extension.

Clinton is slated for a Tuesday event in Miami. Trump will be in the state Tuesday and Wednesday.

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