That huge swirling menace in the Gulf known as Hurricane Michael has the attention of Floridians four weeks before Election Day.
But a disturbance of another kind is intensifying, and it involves voting.
Two controversies erupted at once Tuesday, one over a state online voter registration system and the other involving the storm’s disruption of the last day that Florida residents could become eligible voters in 2018.
Complaints multiplied from people who say the state’s online registration portal was not working. The portal, which was a year old on Oct. 1, has had glitches before, but never this close to a voter registration deadline, and it prompted threats of legal action.