- July 25 - News Advisory:
U.S. District Court Judge Alan S. Gold will hear motions for summary judgment
on Friday, July 26th, 2002 in the case of NAACP v. Harris et al. The suit has
been brought by People For the American Way Foundation and other civil rights
organizations on behalf of the NAACP and African American voters denied the right
to vote in Florida in the 2000 general election.
Judge Gold will hear a motion Friday from PFAWF and its co-counsel asking the
court to restore voters who were purged through the use of ex-felon lists from
other states; these states automatically restore voting rights to citizens once
they have completed their sentences, and therefore these voters retained their
rights when moving to Florida. Plaintiff's motion also asks the court to find
that the state violated federal law by failing to conduct the statewide purge
program of voter rolls in a uniform and non-discriminatory manner across the 67
The suit states that Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris along with
Florida Elections Division Director Clay Roberts and several other defendants
unlawfully abridged or denied black citizens the right to vote during the November
2000 election. The suit seeks the restoration of the rights of voters wrongly
purged, and reforms in the administering of elections to ensure compliance with
federal voting rights laws.
This hearing is an important step towards the August 26 trial. The suit currently
involves Harris, Roberts and other state officials as well as several Florida
counties. People For the American Way Foundation and its co-counsel have settled
their suits against two counties who have agreed to undertake several key election
reforms. We have also settled our suit against Choicepoint/DBT, the private contractor
hired by the state to prepare lists for use in purging voter rolls statewide.
Choicepoint/DBT has agreed to reprocess the voter lists using narrower, more accurate
criteria than the state used prior to the November 2000 elections.
WHEN: Friday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Courtroom of Judge Alan S. Gold
U.S. District Court
301 North Miami Avenue