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NAACP Launches Lawsuit Against FL Voting Officials

The NAACP and other civil rights groups have filed a class action lawsuit against Florida voting officials on behalf of black residents who were not allowed to vote in the November 7 presidential election. The suit, filed against Sec. of State Katherine Harris, Director of the state Division of Elections Clay Roberts, several election supervisors and other election officials, alleges some black citizens were unfairly turned away at the polls for no reason, were wrongly classified as “inactive” voters or completely dropped from voter lists, were erroneously listed as having criminal records and were banned from voting, did not receive new voter registration cards, and were told that polls were closed before actual closing times. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to eliminate punch-card ballots, fix the state’s system for purging voter lists, and monitor Florida elections for the next 10 years.

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Washington Post _ January 10, 2001; Associated Press _ January 11, 2001

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