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Voter registration lawsuit filed against Gov. Scott

Posted at 9:01 AM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 09:01:54-04

Florida Democrats who are believing Hurricane Matthew could hurt voter registration are now taking action in court.

As Floridians along the eastern coast of the state recover from the  hurricane, the Democratic Party of Florida is now filing a lawsuit against Governor Rick Scott.

The lawsuit is asking a federal judge to extend the state's voter registration deadline at least a week due to Hurricane Matthew.  Tuesday marks the deadline for voter registration, and the state's Democratic party is asking for it to be extended one week, through October 18th.

Their reasoning behind the lawsuit is that Scott urged Floridians to evacuate ahead of Matthew, forcing them to choose between their safety and their right to vote.

This lawsuit, filed late Sunday night, comes a few days after Gov. Scott publicly turned down a request from Democrats to extend the state's October 11 registration deadline.

Scott said he did not extend the deadline because people have had enough time to register.

South Carolina has extended their voter registration deadline to accommodate those affected by the storm.