Floridians have until midnight today to register to vote on Nov. 3

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"I Voted Early" sticker. CD Davidson-Hiers/Florida Phoenix

UPDATE: This evening, the Florida Democratic Party raised concerns about the Florida voter registration website crashing on the last day to register to vote.

Terrie Rizzo Chair of the Florida Democratic Party issued a statement:

“This is just latest attempt from the Republican leaders in Florida to limit democracy. The Florida Voter Registration website not working on the last day to register to vote in Florida is blatant voter suppression. Fix the website, stop the suppression, and let democracy work.”
Notably, this is not the first time something like this has happened here in Florida.”

 

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If you haven’t registered to vote yet in the Nov. 3 general election you’d better hop to it — registration closes at midnight.

“HEY FLORIDA, THIS IS NOT A DRILL!” the League of Women Voters of Florida warns on its Twitter feed (all caps in the original).

Secretary of State Laurel Lee pointed her Twitter followers to the Division of Elections registration portal. Additionally, she said, people can visit their local supervisors of elections by close of business. Paper applications need to be postmarked today, Monday.

Common Cause of Florida Monday morning urged people to register, adding in a news release:  “Any eligible voters who are confused by registration or turned away are urged to call a nonpartisan Election Protection hotline for assistance.”

The organization provided a variety of phone numbers:

English: 866-OUR-VOTE
Spanish/English: 888-VE-Y-VOTA
Arabic/English: 844-YALLA-US
Asian Languages/English: 888-API-VOTE
Disabled Florida Resident: 800-342-0823
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition for Returning Citizens: 877-MY-VOTE-0 (877-698-6830)

Registering to vote is considered pivotal as Florida grabs attention as a swing state and polls showing Democrat Joe Biden ahead of President Donald Trump, but not by much.

Mail-in voting is already underway in the state. Thus far, 306,037 Democrats and 157,924 Republicans have returned ballots — the latter perhaps depressed by President Trump’s imprecations of voting by mail. Democratic leaders, by contract, have encouraged the practice to protect people from exposure to COVID-19.

Those numbers are according to state Division of Elections data.

Exactly 2,146,909 Democrats who requested mail-in ballots have yet to return them, compared to 1,524,189 Republicans.

No-party affiliate voters have returned 101,164 mail-in ballots and 1,055,372 were still out there.