Judge fears 25,000 voters won’t be eligible for Nov. 8 election
A federal judge is demanding an explanation from state officials at a Friday hearing about a backlog in the number of newly-registered voters who haven’t been verified in time so they can vote in Florida’s election.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has been tracking the number of unverified applicants, which on Thursday was nearly 25,000 out of 125,000 who registered during a week-long extension the judge granted after Hurricane Matthew earlier this month.
“It appears that the amount of voters being processed each day has slowed dramatically,” Walker wrote in an order late Thursday. “As of now, almost 25,000 voters may or may not have their vote counted in the 2016 general election.”
The judge ordered Gov. Rick Scott’s top elections official, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, to have his elections division director, Maria Matthews, available to face questions.