Daily Camera (Boulder)

Judge de­nies mo­tion to ex­tend voter reg­is­tra­tion

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TALLAHASSE­E — A fed­eral judge has de­nied a mo­tion to ex­tend voter reg­is­tra­tion in Florida even though a com­puter melt­down on the final day of reg­is­tra­tion might have pre­vented thou­sands of po­ten­tial vot­ers from tak­ing part in Novem­ber’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

In a 29-page rul­ing on Fri­day morn­ing, U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker said his de­ci­sion was “an in­cred­i­bly close call” but added that “the state’s in­ter­est in pre­vent­ing chaos in its al­ready pre­car­i­ous —and peren­ni­ally chaotic — elec­tion out­weighs the sub­stan­tial bur­den im­posed on the right to vote.”

Walker shared in the ex­as­per­a­tion of voter ad­vo­cacy groups even as he ruled against them, pep­per­ing his opin­ion with sharply worded crit­i­cisms of the state.

“In so rul­ing, this Court notes that ev­ery man who has stepped foot on the Moon launched from the Kennedy Space Cen­ter, in Florida. Yet, Florida has failed to fig­ure out how to run an elec­tion prop­erly—a task sim­pler than rocket science,” the judge wrote.

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