Florida Democrats push for new voting rules
Change would allow ballots to be cast before registration verified
ORLANDO, Fla. – A federal judge may decide to impose new election rules that Florida officials are warning could create chaos.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker is holding a hearing Thursday.
The Florida Democratic Party wants Walker to order state election officials to allow people to cast a ballot during early voting even if their registration application has not yet been verified.
Walker extended Florida’s voting registration deadline until Oct. 18 due to the disruption caused by Hurricane Matthew. Early voting is scheduled to begin in some counties next Monday.
Democrats said that some election officials have told them that they won’t be able to verify all the new registrations in time.
State officials said they are working to verify all applications by Oct. 29, which is when early voting begins statewide.