To: Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner
Extend Florida's Registration Deadline
Hundreds of thousands of Floridians -- evacuated due to the upcoming Hurricane Michael -- could be disenfranchised if the state doesn’t give voters more time to register.
We cannot allow any eligible voter to be silenced. The state of Florida must extend its online voter registration deadline by at least a week to October 16th.
Why is this important?
Hundreds of thousands of Florida voters could be silenced if we don’t speak out right now.
Tuesday, October 9th was the state’s official registration deadline -- but they’ve been under a state of emergency all week as Hurricane Michael approaches. That will prevent many Floridians from accessing services, documentation, or resources they needed to register to vote.
On top of that, the state’s Online Voter Registration portal has been experiencing technical glitches, with multiple eligible voters reporting they were unable to register.
It’s imperative that election officials give Florida voters more time to register. That’s what they did in 2016 as the state dealt with Hurricane Matthew. In that week, 108,000 additional Floridians registered to vote -- who wouldn’t have been heard if that extension didn’t happen.
Now, with multiple close contests on the Florida ballot -- including the Second Chances Florida ballot measure that would restore voting rights to millions of formerly incarcerated Floridians -- it’s crucial that every eligible voter has the chance to participate and have their say.
We need to shine a nationwide spotlight on this voting rights crisis -- because we can’t let any eligible voter lose their right to be heard in our democracy. Please add your name and call on Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner to extend the registration deadline by a week.