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The Republicans' concession came under questioning by Florida Circuit Judge P. Kevin
Davey, who demanded specific assurances that the GOP would not file mass challenges
against voters,

Original content (such as it is)- Foreclosures have been through the roof in Florida.

Statement by Florida Democratic Party Chair
on GOP's Admission in Court that They Will
Not File Mass Challenges Against Florida
Voters

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman issued the following
statement after the Republican Party of Florida and the Republican National Committee
conceded in open court today that they will not file mass challenges against Florida voters.
The Republicans' concession came under questioning by Florida Circuit Judge P. Kevin
Davey, who demanded specific assurances that the GOP would not file mass challenges
against voters, including those voters whose houses were foreclosed or who received and
did not return RNC mailers. Judge Davey assured the parties that he would be available
throughout Election Day if the Republicans did not honor their sworn pledge. The lawsuit
was filed by the Florida Democratic Party and two citizens.
Said Chairwoman Thurman:

"We are encouraged by the fact that the Republicans, under oath, have said that they are
not going to engage in mass challenges. This is good news for the voters of Florida that
want to have their voices heard.

"We will continue to educate voters on their rights on Election Day and work with local
elections officials to resolve any issues that may arise. We are following this issue closely
and will work with the Republican Party of Florida and the Republican National Committee
to protect Floridian's right to vote.  

"We look forward to a very smooth Election Day, in which every Floridian, who has not yet
voted, can vote."

We now have a link as it is now in the Palm Beach Post

Florida Democrats had sued the Republican Party of Florida and the Republican National Committee to preempt the possibility of mass challenges to individual voters launched by the GOP in other states.The lawsuit tried to keep Republicans from using information related to an unknown number of mailers sent by the RNC to voters, including Democrats, in the state this year. The mailers included an official-looking "party affiliation voter registration card" with the recipients' name, address, congressional district, party affiliation and alleged "voter ID" number. An attached letter from GOP presidential candidate John McCain asked voters to donate to his campaign and to update the enclosed card. The mailings also instructed the Postal Service not to forward the fliers if they could not be delivered.

Originally posted to molly bloom on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 02:56 PM PST.

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