Federal judge extends Florida voter registration deadline

Florida governor Rick Scott walks over debris as he visits a damaged beach in St Augustine, Florida, on October 8, 2016, after Hurricane Matthew passed the area. (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Florida governor Rick Scott walks over debris as he visits a damaged beach in St Augustine, Florida, on October 8, 2016, after Hurricane Matthew passed the area. (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

A federal court has extended Florida’s voter registration deadline from Tuesday to 5 p.m. ET Wednesday due to Hurricane Matthew’s interruption of last-minute sign-ups.

The US District Court ruling comes after the Florida Democratic Party sued, seeking an additional week due to the “strong likelihood” many of the state’s voters would be “severely burdened” by the hurricane’s fallout in the upcoming election.

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott had opposed the extension, saying last week that “people have had time to register.” In court papers, Marc Elias, who serves at the general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, argued that Scott “unambiguously ordered” Florida citizens to evacuate, and now some voters have been prevented from being able to register which might decrease “the overall likelihood” that the party will be successful in helping to elect Democrats.