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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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