Second Lawsuit To Move FL Voter Registration Deadline Rejected

By on October 23, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A federal judge has rejected a second lawsuit that sought to force the state to extend a voter-registration deadline because of Hurricane Michael.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle last week issued a two-page order denying a preliminary injunction sought by the groups Common Cause, New Majority Florida Education Fund and Mi Familia Vota Education Fund.

The groups and the Florida Democratic Party filed separate lawsuits this month that sought to give Floridians an extra week to register to vote because of Hurricane Michael.

The voter-registration deadline for the November election was Oct. 9, the day before the Category 4 hurricane hit Northwest Florida.

Both cases sought an extension until Oct. 16 because of concerns that the hurricane could prevent people from registering to vote.

Hinkle, however, ruled against the Democratic Party on Oct. 10 and did the same last week in the case brought by the three groups.

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