Indeed, state officials said there were about 49,000 people trying to access the system at the peak of the slowdown. LaCrai Mitchell contributed to this report. Culture Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee, a DeSantis appointee who is the state’s top elections official, said in a statement on Tuesday that the department was working with law enforcement to ensure the crash was not a deliberate attack. “Whether this was a denial-of-service attack or last-minute voters, it should come as no surprise that there are going to be high volumes of people trying to access voter registration systems the last day before the deadline,” said Susan Greenhalgh, a senior adviser on election security to Free Speech for People, a nonpartisan public interest group. Print and mail this registration form. The "60 Minutes" interview that Trump cut short, Joe Biden makes the case for why he should be president, Battleground Tracker: Tight race in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Black voters motivated, but concerned about votes counting: Poll, Senate clears key hurdle to Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, Additional care sites to be set up in El Paso as COVID-19 surges, U.S. Navy identifies 2 killed in training plane crash, Tropical Storm Zeta expected to strengthen into hurricane, Gottlieb warns of "dangerous tipping point" in pandemic, Battleground Tracker: Latest polls, state of the race and more, 5 things to know about CBS News' 2020 Battleground Tracker, CBS News coverage of voting rights issues. Patricia Mazzei reported from Miami, Nicole Perlroth from San Francisco, and Frances Robles from Key West, Fla. Florida Extends Registration Deadline After Voting Website Crashes. During his questioning, Walker noted the high interest in the November election. Democrats have battled Republicans in the state on numerous voter rights issues in recent years, including over access to early voting sites and restrictions for former felons to become eligible to vote. To facilitate the process, Florida provides a voter registration website, RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov. The problems on Monday led Democrats to accuse the state, which also has a Republican-controlled Legislature, of voter suppression. Today, I issued a directive to re-open Florida's voter registration deadline to participate in the Nov 3, General Election before 7 pm EST for applications submitted online and by 7 pm local time for in-person registration, today, October 6. But the move wasn't enough to satisfy critics, who filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to intervene and push the deadline back further. “I went on the website, but after several attempts, it wouldn’t let me through.”. Florida’s decision to extend its voter registration comes a day after a federal judge extended the Monday registration deadline in Arizona until Oct. 23, saying that the coronavirus pandemic had curtailed efforts to register voters face-to-face and that many people in the state lacked access to the internet.