Officials in Florida, including Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, are fighting in court to prevent the state’s voter registration deadline from being extended after the online system was plagued with problems this week.
According to Politico, lawyers for DeSantis, along with Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley, responded to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in a court filing late Wednesday.
“Another extension under the circumstances will serve to reinforce the confusion and mistrust voters have surrounding this election, further strengthening the rampant misinformation and disinformation campaigns that are already undermining the November general election,” Earley wrote in the court document.
Florida’s original voter registration deadline fo the November election was Monday, but the website crashed that day. State officials then extended the deadline to Tuesday at 7 p.m., but civil rights groups argued that it should have been extended by at least two days, not one.
On Tuesday, seven groups filed their lawsuit to challenge Florida’s decision regarding the extension.
Florida officials said that more than 70,000 residents were able to register to vote on Monday and roughly 50,000 did so on Tuesday.
“To suggest that the State’s extension was inadequate — without any contrary evidence — is thus empty rhetoric,” wrote attorney Mohammad Jazil, Department of State general counsel Bradley McVay, and James Uthmeier, deputy general counsel for DeSantis.