South Carolina residents will get more time to register to vote, after Hurricane Florence and its aftermath closed many county registration and election offices.
A state circuit judge on Tuesday ordered the voter registration deadline be extended from October 6 to October 17.
Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a lawsuit last week with the ACLU seeking to extend the deadline. Wilson argued that the disruption caused by Hurricane Florence created too much of a burden on both voters and county election offices. The filing claimed many citizens have been displaced and are struggling to recover, and many county voter registration offices were closed for considerable periods of time.
The South Carolina Election Commission did not challenge the lawsuit.
The October 17 deadline applies to all counties in South Carolina, not just those that sustained heavy damage due to Hurricane Florence and the flooding that followed.
Click here to go to the SC Election Commission website to find out how to register.