MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — If you plan to cast your ballot in this year’s presidential election but haven’t registered to vote yet, time is running out.
Florida will close its voter registration books on Tuesday, October 18th. A federal judge last week extended the registration period by six days due to the disruption and damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Democrats initially asked Gov. Rick Scott to extend the October 11th deadline, but Scott turned down the request after saying that people had already had time to register. That prompted the Florida Democratic Party to ask U.S. District Judge Mark Walker to push back the deadline.
The Scott administration did not defend the deadline in court and accepted Walker’s ruling.
Florida is seen as a battleground state in this year’s election and currently has 12.66 million registered voters.
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