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A worker at the Miami-Dade County Election Department prepares a voting booth on Oct. 1 to be used in the general election in Doral, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida Democrats are demanding Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) launch an investigation after the state's voter registration website for November's election crashed Monday hours before enrollment closed at midnight.

Driving the news: Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee tweeted Monday evening, "Due to high volume, for about 15 minutes, some users experienced delays while trying to register. We have increased capacity." Several people replied to her post saying the site was still down and asked for the deadline to be extended.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

What they're saying: Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried (D) tweeted to DeSantis, "Not planning for a voter registration surge is voter suppression. Not ensuring everyone who wants to register can do so is voter suppression. Not extending the deadline is voter suppression."

  • Florida Democratic Party chair Terrie Rizzo said in a statement, "This is just latest attempt from the Republican leaders in Florida to limit democracy.
"The Florida Voter Registration website not working on the last day to register to vote in Florida is blatant voter suppression. Fix the website, stop the suppression, and let democracy work."

The other side: DeSantis' office did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment and Lee's office could not be reached by phone. But Lee told Politico that her office was "working now to see if there's an ongoing problem."

  • Republican Party of Florida Vice Chair Christian Ziegler tweeted that the Democrats were "playing politics," declaring "we are crushing the Dems in registration."
  • He added in a statement that Democrats "like to make it seem like there’s some conspiracy out there," per the Tampa Bay Times.

Of note: State Sen. Jason Pizzo (D-Miami Beach) tweeted that he had spoken to Lee about the site crash.

  • "Her agency continues to monitor disruptions, and is exploring whether they can extend deadline for those who continue to experience issues," he said.

The big picture: Florida is a key battleground state in November's election.

  • The Cook Political Report this month predicted that the presidential election winner would be a "toss up" between President Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden.
  • Florida's online voter portal has experienced "glitches" in other years, notably "ahead of the 2018 voter registration deadline," per the Tampa Bay Times.

Go deeper: Coronavirus affects how voters in Florida think about climate

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Vote on 2020 shapes 2024

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Republican lawmakers planning to run for president in 2024 have spent weeks in urgent conversations with advisers as they made the high-stakes call on whether to support objections to this week’s congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Why it matters: Republican sources tell Axios these lawmakers view Wednesday's vote as potentially decisive for their political viability, much like would-be 2004 Democratic candidates fixated over the 2002 Iraq War vote.

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Cuomo asks for “independent” investigator into sexual harassment claims

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Feb. 24. Photo: Seth Wenig/pool/AFP via Getty Images

A top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he would authorize and "voluntarily cooperate" with an independent investigation run by New York's attorney general into claims he sexually harassed several women.

The state of play: The statement comes after a day of competing statements from Cuomo and AG Letitcia James over who would oversee an independent investigation into the governor.

Cuomo scandal snares Dems on #MeToo

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images   

The searing sexual harassment allegations made against Gov. Andrew Cuomo are trouble for Democrats far beyond Albany and New York.

Why it matters: They hammered Donald Trump after the "Access Hollywood" tape. Pilloried Brett Kavanaugh over Christine Blasey Ford. Defended President Biden when he was accused of inappropriate touching. Now, Democrats have to show whether they walk the "#MeToo" talk.