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Clarifying a Voter Registration Deadline Extension Because of a Hurricane

Robert Timothy Reagan
July 21, 2019
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Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner (4:18-cv-463) and New Florida Majority Education Fund v. Detzner (4:18-cv-466) (Robert L. Hinkle, N.D. Fla.)
A secretary of state extended a voter registration deadline to accommodate closed offices because of a hurricane on the last day of registration. A federal judge declined to extend the deadline further, but he did issue an order stating that the secretary’s extension must mean until the first day that all offices in a county are open following the deadline day if any of the county’s offices are closed for even part of the deadline day.
Subject: Registration procedures. Topics: Registration procedures; case assignment.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.