Miami.- Civil organizations asked this Tuesday the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantiswhich extends the deadline for accepting votes by mail and verifying the identity of those who used provisional ballots until Monday the 14th, due to the expected impact of the tormenta tropical Nicole in the state.
The request is in a letter addressed to the Governor and Secretary of State of Florida, Cory Byrdby All Voting is Local Florida (AVIL), Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and other organizations on the same day that midterm elections are held in the country.
This Wednesday, Tropical Storm Nicole, which is going to discharge rain and wind and cause storm surge in a large area of Florida from the next few hours.
On the forecast track, Nicole will move over the northwestern Bahamas islands tomorrow and then make landfall in southeastern Florida, then cross the center of the state and reach southern Georgia.
For this reason, the organizations ask to extend until at least 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2022, the deadline for postal votes to be valid and for people with provisional ballot papers to prove that they are eligible to vote.
The current cutoff is Thursday, November 10 at 5:00 p.m., when “Nicole is likely to be directly over the state of Florida,” they note.
Remember that DeSantis has declared the state of emergency in 34 counties of Florida to ensure that “appropriate precautions are taken to protect communities, critical infrastructure and general welfare” and point out that in this context it is also necessary to address “the critical issue” of the midterm elections.
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They also recall that Governor DeSantis issued an executive order that gave authority to several counties severely affected by Hurricane Ian to extend voting hours, modify mail-in ballot applications and other changes.
We ask you now to take action again to protect Florida elections as a potentially devastating storm approaches the state, they conclude.
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