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Judge Extends Florida Voter Registration Deadline

Volunteer Sandi Strickland, left, helps Roman Rodriguez, right, fill out a new voter registration form because of a change of address, as he waits in line to attend a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former vice president Al Gore, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in Miami. A federal judge has given Democrats a partial victory in the presidential battleground of Florida, extending the state's voter registration deadline one day and agreeing to consider a longer extension in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Wilfredo Lee—AP Volunteer Sandi Strickland, left, helps Roman Rodriguez fill out a new voter registration form in Miami on Oct. 11, 2016.

Hurricane Matthew forced many residents to evacuate last weekend

Florida’s voter registration deadline has been extended one week, after Hurricane Matthew hit the battleground state this weekend.

A federal judge has pushed the deadline to October 18, according to CNN. The initial deadline was Tuesday, but a judge had already pushed that back to Wednesday.

The Florida Democratic Party had urged that the state extend the deadline after Republican Gov. Rick Scott told more than 1.5 million residents to evacuate as the storm approached.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign called on Scott to extend the deadline, but he refused saying Floridians “had enough time to register” before the evacuation orders were issued.

Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, is a key swing state this election and Clinton holds a slight advantage there according to the Real Clear Politics polling average.

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