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Suit Seeks to Force Democrats to Count Florida Delegates

Posted May 23, 2008 7:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A federal lawsuit filed yesterday claims the Democratic Party is required to count all of Florida’s delegates because of the state’s history of discrimination.

The suit notes that Section Five of the Voting Rights Act requires the Justice Department to approve any significant voting change in Florida to make sure it preserves the rights of minority voters, the Miami Herald reports. The suit contends the party’s plans to penalize Florida for holding its primary too early will disenfranchise minority voters in violation of the law.

Florida Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller filed the suit along with two other Democrats.

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