Florida Registration Extended in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

Posted: Oct 12, 2016 12:30 PM

Nine people have died in Florida as a result of Hurricane Matthew. The storm has left flooding in its wake and destroyed several homes and structures. It has also disrupted the 2016 election. A judge has ordered an extension of the voter registration deadline because the natural disaster.

During a hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker agreed to extend the deadline for six more days. He had already extended the Oct. 11 deadline one day, after the Florida Democratic Party filed a lawsuit last weekend, following the hurricane's brush with Florida's east coast.

Gov. Rick Scott initially rejected Democrats' request to extend the deadline, but a judge ordered to move the deadline because so many people were forced to evacuate the state. 

Florida voters now have until Oct. 18 to sign up.