Florida voters given six more days to register to vote

Judge extends voter registration deadline again
Posted at 5:44 PM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 17:44:02-04

Floridians will have yet more time to register to vote after a Florida federal judge extended the deadline yet again this week. 

The new deadline changes from Wednesday to October 18, giving advocacy groups like Mi Familia Vota more time on the streets. 

"It's very crucial," said Michelle Prieto, from Mi Familia Vota Tampa, "If we go out and we really work together and we can make the difference essentially." 

The group has been canvassing to get more Hispanics out to the polls, but say many were left unable to register during Hurricane Matthew, which forced thousands around the east coast to evacuate from their homes. 

"The very last week of the deadline to register to vote is when a lot of Hispanics go out to vote," said Prieto. 

The extension comes after the Florida Democratic Party sued the Governor, claiming people who had to evacuate during Hurricane Matthew were prevented from registering to vote in time. 

"The publicity that comes out of all this is bound to make some people interested in registering," said Susan MacManus, political analyst for ABC Action News and Professor at USF,"and certainly made them more aware of 'I've just got a few more days.'"

Groups like Mi Familia Vota are now planning their extra final days to go and find more people to register. 

"We're just going to have to change it up and do what we do best," said Prieto, "which is go out and do the work."