Extension gives opportunity to those affected by Hurricane Matthew an extra week to register or update voter information

MIAMI — Today, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ordered the voter registration deadline to be extended until Tuesday, Oct. 18. In the days leading up to the original deadline, Gov. Scott ordered the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Florida residents in the wake of deadly Hurricane Matthew. On Monday, New Florida Majority joined the lawsuit challenging Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to not extend the voter registration deadline due to Hurricane Matthew.

“The final days leading up to the deadline are crucial to NewFM’s voter registration program,” said New Florida Majority Executive Director Gihan Perera. “Today’s ruling is a win for Florida’s current and soon-to-be voters who deserve to make their voice heard in this historical election. Voting access shouldn’t be the tradeoff for Floridians who had to scramble to keep their families safe from the storm or were displaced through mandatory evacuation orders.”

“The reason why it is important is because the election is important. Many Floridians already feel like their vote doesn’t matter, so this shows the efforts we’ve made won’t go unnoticed,” said New Florida Majority’s North Florida Canvass Manager Valerie Green, who is based in Jacksonville. “This means and shows that the voice of the people displaced from Hurricane Matthew is vital and heard.”

New Florida Majority will be extending its voter registration efforts through the Oct. 18 extension. For more information visit newfloridamajority.org.

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