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March 21, 2008

Court Dismisses Florida Primary Lawsuit

That certainly didn't take long.

Victor DiMaio, a Democratic Party activist from Tampa, filed the lawsuit in 2007 accusing the party of disenfranchising Florida's Democratic voters by barring them from having their say in choosing their party's nominee. The party stripped both Florida and Michigan of their national convention delegates because they moved their primaries to January dates that were earlier than party rules allowed.

Seems the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals just tossed it because the plaintiff lacked standing, since he didn't actually vote in the primary process that "disenfranchished" him, or I guess would have disenfranchised him, I suppose, had he actually, you know, voted. because the primary hadn't taken place yet? Is that what they're saying?

Whoops: I ran right over the filing date of the lawsuit, he hadn't voted cause it hadn't happened yet. No idea if he did in January, probably did. Eh.

So they didn't deal with the whole "national parties have a right to manage their own internal affairs (see what I did there?)" issue. Might come up again I'm thinking.


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