Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision not to extend voting registration in his state despite the monster hurricane bearing down isn’t going to be the last word, as Democrats already hint there will be a lawsuit.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, made the appeal in a press call with reporters Thursday, as millions of Floridians faced evacuation as Hurricane Matthew made its way up the coast.
Scott immediately swatted down the idea. ‘Everybody has had a lot of time to register,’ Scott said Thursday night.
Hurricane Matthew could have a huge impact on the national election, with fears that thousands will be unable to register to vote in the key swing state
‘On top of that, we’ve got lots of opportunities to vote: Early voting, absentee voting and Election Day. So, I don’t intend to make any changes.’
It didn’t take long for Democratic-leaning lawyers to threaten to pounce, as the party’s plans for a big late-push for Floridians to register and vote absentee was endangered.
‘Well @FLGovScott I know some folks who are gonna have the last say on this. And none of them is you. #seeyouincourt,” tweeted attorney Jean-Jacques Cabou, a partner at the major law firm of Perkins Coie, Politico reported.
Scott made his announcement as the state prepared for the full impact of the storm. Just hours earlier, he had warned that the powerful hurricane ‘will kill’ those who stay in its path.
Compounding what could be an electoral mess, millions of Florida voters are just receiving absentee ballots they requested by mail.
Donald Trump, who had a scheduled campaign swing in the state and owns property there, has repeatedly warned of a ‘rigged system’ and asked his supporters to be on the lookout for election shenanigans.
The threat of litigation recalls the prolonged Florida recount, where top legal guns from both parties battled as Al Gore’s team tried to allow a recount to continue but George W Bush’s legal team successfully shut it down.