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Florida Supreme Court to hear provisional ballot case next week

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit next week challenging limitations on the use of provisional ballots, which are part of election law alterations made in the wake of the 2000 presidential election. The hearing, which is scheduled to be held Oct. 13 could result in changes to voting procedures prior to the November election. Provisional ballots may be cast by those not on the state's voting rolls, and if the voter's status is later determined to be wrong, the ballot will be counted. However, a restriction in the law limits those casting provisional ballots to voting in their home precinct, rather than anywhere in their home county as for normal ballots.

Several unions joined in arguing that the limitation violates the state constitution. The court's ruling on the hearing is available here [PDF]. More information on the case, AFL-CIO v. Glenda Hood, is available here. AFL-CIO has this press release on its lawsuit. The state Division of Elections has more on voting in Florida. AP has more.

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