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Clinton campaign chief: Florida should extend voter registration deadline due to Hurricane Matthew


Hillary Clinton's campaign chief said Thursday he hopes Florida will extend its deadline to give voters more days to register after Hurricane Matthew.

The voter roll is scheduled to close Tuesday. The storm has forced Democratic-leaning political groups to cancel planned drives over the next few days to sign up new voters.

"The one thing that we are hoping and expecting is that officials in Florida will adapt deadlines to account for the storm," campaign manager Robby Mook told reporters in a conference call. "Our hope would be that a little bit more time would be given for people that were expecting to get registered before the election."

Elections supervisors typically see a surge in voter interest right before the registration deadline.

UPDATE: Gov. Rick Scott's spokeswoman, Jackie Schutz, said Florida won't be making any deadline decisions for now.

"For any political party to ask this in the middle of a storm is political," she said. "Our No. 1 focus is protecting life. There'll be another day for politics."

--with Kristen M. Clark