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Last Day for Floridians to Register to Vote Before General Election

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Posted at 7:05 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 15:12:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Tuesday marked the final day for Floridians to register to vote, after the state deadline was extended in light of Hurricane Matthew.

In Leon County, having the extra time helped set a new record for registered voters.

More than 200,000 people are now registered for the November election.

The Supervisor of Elections' office said it experienced a rush of new voters right after the deadline was extended.

Ion Sancho, the Leon County Supervisor of Elections said,  "Leon County is, generally, the number one voting urban county in the state of Florida, so we like to vote here. That's been our tradition for the 28 years that I've been the Supervisor of Elections, and I will tell you that I see indications that voter interest is heavy. Again, over a thousand people registered during the period of the extension, and we're seeing lots of mail ballots coming in."

Early voting in Florida starts October 24th and ends November 6th. Leon County will have seven polling locations set up.