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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 03:02 PM
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49. FL: Class-Action Suit Filed Over Early Primary Election Date
A Democratic activist is trying to turn his court challenge over Florida's early primary date into a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all Democratic and Republican voters in Florida.

"The plaintiffs in this case are suing not only to make sure they protect their own voting rights, but to make sure all Florida voters have the same right to he heard in selecting their candidates for president," said Roger Bernstein, attorney for Jon Ausman, a member of the national Democratic Committee from Tallahassee.

Ausman is suing the state over the Legislature's and Gov. Charlie Crist's decision in 2007 to move up the primary date to Jan. 29 - a decision that came close to costing Florida Democrats their seats at the convention this year. National Republicans similarly threatened not to seat one-half of Florida's GOP delegation. Ausman has argued that the parties' decisions to seat Florida in the end do not change the fact that the state forced a primary on both parties in violation of their rules for choosing their delegates.

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