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Stephen Ritter is Chief Technology Officer at Mitek, a global leader in mobile deposit and digital identity verification solutions.

If future civilizations wanted to study 2020, surely one “historical artifact” they would examine would be the viral supercut of Covid-19 commercials. As most of us have heard repeated ad nauseam, the phrase “these unprecedented times” highlights just how unpredictable the events of 2020 have been.

Among the many unforeseen challenges was the need to provide urgent, widescale access to services via digital channels. Millions faced a dire and immediate need for government assistance and the ability to quickly open new bank accounts or to find new employment virtually. At the same time, companies and municipalities were often delayed in providing for those needs due to a lack of quick onboarding solutions.

As we look back on the year, we must prepare for the next unprecedented moment in history,

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Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee extended the state’s voter registration deadline to Tuesday evening after heavy traffic on Monday night caused its online registration system to crash. 

The new deadline for Florida voters to register is now Tuesday, October 6, at 7 p.m. ET.

Lee said in a statement that she met with Governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday morning to discuss “the difficulties we encountered last night due to unprecedented volume and traffic to our website.”

“We are working with local Supervisors of Elections and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to ensure that all eligible registrants have the ability submit a voter registration application by 7:00 p.m. this evening,” Lee said.

According to Lee, the state’s voter registration website was accessed by an “unprecedented” 1.1 million requests per hour, raising concerns about election interference.

“We will work with our state and federal law-enforcement partners to

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