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No evidence Florida is slowing voter verification, judge says

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A federal judge has rejected the Florida Democratic Party’s request to let people cast a ballot during early voting even if their registration application hasn’t been verified. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said Thursday morning there is no evidence that state officials are dragging their feet in verifying applications. Walker extended Florida’s voter registration deadline until Oct. 18 due to the disruption caused by Hurricane Matthew. Early voting is scheduled to begin in some counties on Oct. 24 and statewide…

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Federal judge orders Fla. voter registration extended to Oct. 18

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Calling the state’s Oct. 11 voter registration deadline “constitutionally untenable” in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a federal judge ordered Florida’s registration books remain open till next Tuesday, Oct. 18. In a Wednesday hearing, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker of Tallahassee made clear he had no opinion on when the state closes registration, which is consistent with federal law. “The hurricane is the issue,” he said, adding that state law has a “gap” in not specifically allowing more time to register after…

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