Florida Gov. Refuses To Extend Voter Registration Deadline Over Hurricane

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, and Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon, right, give an update on Tropical Storm Hermine at the State Disaster Operations Center in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday, Sept. ... Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, and Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon, right, give an update on Tropical Storm Hermine at the State Disaster Operations Center in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Scott says Tropical Storm Hermine is potentially life-threatening, and he's urging Gulf Coast residents to take precautions immediately. (AP Photo/Joe Reedy) MORE LESS
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Hours after warning state residents that the hurricane bearing down on their coastline “will kill” those who remain in evacuation zones, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced that he would not extend the Tuesday deadline for voter registration.

“Everybody has had a lot of time to register,” Scott, who chairs the pro-Donald Trump Rebuilding America Now PAC, said in a storm update on Thursday night. “On top of that, we’ve got lots of opportunities to vote: Early voting, absentee voting and Election Day. So, I don’t intend to make any changes.”

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign requested a deadline extension to accommodate the thousands of voters who have been forced from their homes by the fierce winds and storm surge caused by the hurricane, which was downgraded to a Category 3 storm overnight.

“We are hoping and expecting that officials in Florida will adapt deadlines to account for the storm,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told reporters in a Thursday press conference, according to Politico.

While Politico reported that campaign staffers did not say if they planned to sue over Scott’s decision, a partner at Perkins Coie, a law firm that works for both Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee wrote a tweet saying other folks would “have the last say on this.”

“#seeyouincourt”, attorney Jean-Jacques Cabou wrote on Twitter, including Scott’s handle.

A surge of voter interest is typical in the final days before registration closes, according to those who study Florida elections. Politico reported that a remarkable 86,000 people registered to vote in the last eight days before the deadline in 2012, 40 percent of whom were Democrats, according to University of Florida political science professor Daniel Smith. Only 21 percent were Republican.

Officials in South Carolina, another state expected to be affected by the storm, have already extended the voter registration deadline.

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  1. Avatar for ajoguy ajoguy says:

    You know it makes you think, given that the hurricane is predicted to make landfall in the most solidly democratic counties in the state, if Matthew was coming in from the Gulf of Mexico there would not have been a different decision.

    Refusing to extend voter registration regardless of a potentially catastrophic hurricane is the lowest of the low road. You craven SOB.

  2. Ya Republicans that Democracy shit is so inconvenient . The voters might elect the “wrong people”
    This guy shares the lack of compassion and empathy that seems to be the Republican trademark.
    My favorite was yesterday as the Medicaid denier said his first concern about the storm was saving lives . If they die because they can’t afford health care .
    Too bad so sad.
    I hate him the the intensity of 1000 suns

  3. “Everybody has had a lot of time to register,”

    ‘given that it’s hurricane season they should’ve taken that into account and planned for it… too bad for them’ Scott continued…

  4. Avatar for lew lew says:

    I confess that I did not know that excrement could walk and talk until I came across governor Rick Scott. Live and learn.

  5. Aw come on his base of retirees in the Villages and Naples had plenty of time to register. This one tells it all
    “Politico reported that a remarkable 86,000 people registered to vote in the last eight days before the deadline in 2012, 40 percent of whom were Democrats, according to University of Florida political science professor Daniel Smith. Only 21 percent were Republican.”

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