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New Florida Majority And Coalition Partners File Suit In Florida To Extend Online Voter Registration Deadline Following System Collapse

The New Florida Majority, alongside coalition partners, have filed a lawsuit in the state of Florida demanding that the state extend the voter registration deadline following online registration system failure

MIAMI, FL — Today, following news that Florida’s online voter registration system crashed the day of the filing deadline, after crashing intermittently throughout the previous days, the Nueva mayoría de la Florida, and state coalition partners, filed a legal complaint against Gov. Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee demanding that the online voter registration (OVR) deadline be extended beyond the perfunctory 24-hour extension that was granted earlier today. 

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida and requests emergency injunctive and declaratory relief for the countless Floridians who were disenfranchised as a result of the system’s collapse. The complaint can be found aquí

“This was an easily preventable catastrophe,” said Moné Holder, the Senior Program Director for Policy, Advocacy and Research at the New Florida Majority. “The state has known for months that this deadline was approaching. And we have encouraged the state for months to ensure that they were adequately prepared for these crucial dates in the leadup to the election. There is simply no excuse for this failure. The only responsible thing to do now is grant relief to the countless Floridians who would have been eligible to vote were it not for the state’s failure to prepare for an increase in volume. Twenty-four hours is just not enough time.”

This is but the most recent in a long train of failures by the Florida government under Gov. Ron DeSantis to adequately provide for its constituents. During the worst throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state failed to process thousands of unemployment insurance claims, leaving Florida’s families to fend for themselves. The state later admitted the system was built to fail

The case was filed on behalf of the New Florida Majority, Dream DefendersOrganizar la florida, the Coalición de Inmigrantes de Florida and the Advancement Project.