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U.S. District Judge Sides With State, Blocks Potential Voters From 2020 Election

In a ruling issued Friday morning, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has decided to not extend the voter registration deadline. The ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed after the website crashed during the last hours of registration. In the ruling, Walker says that in weighing the decision he leaned toward what County Election Supervisors Paul Lux of Okaloosa, and Mark Early of Leon County written testimony.

“We do have Mr. Lux’s and Mr. Earley’s declaration from two supervisors explaining their limiting resources, the deadlines they are facing, and that they’re already behind the 8-ball and this is going to be made worse if you heap additional burdens on them," said Walker.

The plaintiffs wanted the judge to open the registration period for two extra days. Now they will have to appeal to the Eleventh District Court of Appeals if they want to try and change the outcome.

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