A federal judge has denied a motion to extend voter registration in Florida after a computer meltdown on the final day of registration might have prevented thousands of potential voters from taking part in November’s presidential election.
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In a 29-page ruling on Friday morning, U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker also noted the historical problems the state seems to have with elections.
Walker said his decision was “an incredibly close call” but added that “the state’s interest in preventing chaos in its already precarious —and perennially chaotic — election outweighs the substantial burden imposed on the right to vote.”
Walker noted the historical problems the state seems to have with elections.
“Notwithstanding the fact that cinemas across the country remain closed, somehow, I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. Just shy of a month from election day, with the earliest mail-in ballots beginning to be counted, Florida has done it again," Walker wrote.
In the day after the site issues, the state extended the deadline until 7 p.m., but the motion argued that the deadline needed the be extended further.
The state said 50,000 people registered during the extended time period, but 20,000 more could have signed up to vote if the system hadn't crashed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.