Disenfranchised Florida Black Voters Win Victory!
Judge Decides Katherine Harris Will Face Lawsuit
NAACP Sues Former Secretary Of State
Posted: 11:59 a.m. EST February 15, 2002
MIAMI -- Katherine Harris, Florida's former secretary of state, wanted a lawsuit against her thrown out, but a judge has decided to let the case go trial.
The NAACP and four other groups filed suit against Harris, a former state election chief, and the county elections supervisor. The suit charges that black voters were disenfranchised during the 2000 presidential election.
U.S. District Judge Alan Gold cited "the importance and immediacy of the claims" as he rejected attempts by two state agencies and a company that helped purge voter lists to get out of the case.
The lawsuit cites the state, several counties and the contractor over procedures for voter registration, voter lists and balloting.
The trial is set for August.