Voter registration in Florida extended through Tuesday, 7 p.m.


Paper applications mailed and postmarked October 6, 2020 will also be accepted.


After online voter registration applications in Florida reached “an unprecedented 1.1 million requests per hour,” as the deadline passed to register before the Nov. 3 General Election, Florida’s Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee issued on Tuesday “a directive to re-open Florida’s voter registration deadline to participate in the November 3rd General Election before 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time for applications submitted online, and by 7:00 p.m. local time for in-person registration, today, October 6th,” according to a news release from Lee’s office.

In addition, Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Vicki Cannon issued this statement via email: “Our office will be open until 7 p.m. today to receive voter registration applications.” Call Cannon’s office at (904) 491-7500 if you have any questions.

“This morning I met with Governor DeSantis to brief him on the status of the online voter registration system and the difficulties we encountered (Monday) night due to unprecedented volume and traffic to our website. We are working with local Supervisors of Elections and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to ensure that all eligible registrants have the ability submit a voter registration application by 7:00 p.m. this evening,” Lee said in the release. “During the last few hours, the website was accessed by an unprecedented 1.1 million requests per hour. We will work with our state and federal law-enforcement partners to ensure this was not a deliberate act against the voting process.”

Any applications received on Florida’s Online Voter Registration system on Tuesday, Oct. 6, will be included in the registration for the Nov. 3 General Election, according to the release. Additionally, any applications received through the following channels on Monday will also be accepted:

  • ŸCounty Supervisors of Elections Offices
  • ŸLocal Tax Collector’s Offices
  • ŸDepartment of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Driver’s License Offices
  • ŸPaper applications postmarked October 6, 2020.

“Last night, we experienced an extremely high volume of traffic to the Online Voter Registration System,” said Lee in the release. “If you are NOT registering to vote, we ask that you do your part for your fellow Floridians and please do not try to access during this time and drive up traffic to the site.”

If you have any questions, call the Division of Elections’ Voter Assistance Hotline at (866) 308-6739.