Today, Tuesday, Oct. 9, is the last day to register to vote for the upcoming midterms, and despite objections from Florida election officials, the state's voter registration site, RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov, is predictably having issues.
Gov. Rick Scott's chief elections official, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, told the Tampa Bay Times that the site was indeed experiencing trouble on Monday, but these issues have since been fixed. However, on Tuesday complaints continue to pile up from people who say they can't update or register their information on the site.
We've now heard from several people that Florida's online voter registration site is NOT letting people register to vote. FL registration deadline is TOMORROW to vote in the Midterms. @mrmidi recorded the error here. This is voter suppression. The state must EXTEND the deadline. pic.twitter.com/IHKeml0QPh— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) October 9, 2018
Most people seem to be having issues with the address verification page. When we tested the site at Orlando Weekly on both mobile and desktop devices, we weren't able to get past this section, as well. On social media, others say they're seeing error messages even earlier in the process. One woman says she's resorted to printing out her 18-year-old son's paperwork and physically taking it to the Supervisor of Elections office.
Despite the apparent glitches, Detzner's spokeswoman Sarah Revell, told Orlando Weekly that the site is actually fine.
This is true. Wasn’t able to register 18yr old son via website last night or today. We finally just printed the registration form and made copies of his ID to take to Supervisor of Elections before they close today. Ridiculous! Not everyone can do this! Makes you wonder.. 😡— Sarah Zhou (@SarahKZhou) October 9, 2018
"Online voter registration is fully functioning at this time and people are successfully using the site to register to vote or update their current registration," said Revell in an email. "The Department is actively monitoring for any potential issues however it is possible that the website may be a little slow due to a high volume of traffic.
Revell also says 11,500 people have successfully used the site today.
Not everyone is buying it. The ACLU of Florida is currently asking that anyone experiencing issues with the site should contact them immediately.
🚨Attention Floridians🚨— ACLU of Florida (@ACLUFL) October 9, 2018
If you’re having trouble accessing Florida’s online voter registration site please let us know. You can also contact:
Florida Voter Assistance Hotline: 1.866.308.6739
Election Protection Hotline:
If the state needs another reason to extend the deadline, Florida Democrats are now suing the state to extend voter registration because of the threat of Hurricane Michael, which is expected to make landfall Wednesday as a Category 3 storm and severely affect Florida's Panhandle and the Big Bend region.
Meanwhile, Rick Scott has already closed state offices in 35 Florida counties because of Hurricane Michael.
Update: State officials released an update this evening on today's non-issues, reiterating that there aren't any obvious problems with the website. "Today, the website has experienced an extremely high volume of traffic and it has caused some users to experience issues while others were able to use the site with no problems," said Revell in an email. "More than 21,700 people have successfully used the site to submit a voter registration application or update an existing registration today. The site was never down and the issues were intermittent. All issues have been resolved and the site is operational."
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