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Democrats sue GOP over McCain mailer



What's a presidential election in Florida without lawsuits?

Both presidential campaigns say they will not engage in widespread challenges of voters' eligibility, but a newly-filed lawsuit by a Democrat against the Republicans raises those fears. Charles Green, a Democrat in Duval County, sued the Republican Party of Florida and the Republican National Committee Tuesday. Green said he got an RNC-paid John McCain mailer that asked him to fill out a so-called Party Affiliation Voter Registration Card (earlier St. Petersburg Times story on the mailing here).

"Defendants RNC [and] RPOF are acting in concert and with express and implicit agreement to engage in impermissible 'election integrity' schemes," the suit alleges. The RNC has previously said the mailing was not part of a challenge or "caging" operation and is merely a fund-raising pitch, nothing more.

UPDATE: The Florida Democratic Party joined Green and a Glades County voter, Freddie McPherson, in the lawsuit, asking Circuit Judge Kevin Davey to order that challenged voters need not be handed provisional ballots every time a challenge is filed. The Democrats' suit cites the McCain mailer, select Florida news accounts (The Miami Herald and DeLand-Deltona Beacon, among others), as well as the challenge of an estimated 300 Glades County voters by Republican sheriff candidate. The challenge was dismissed as invalid by the county election supervisor.

Neither the state GOP not the RNC responded to requests for comment.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:42pm]


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