On June 11, the proponents of a Florida initiative filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Miami to overturn a 2007 law that changed the petition deadline for initiatives from August of the election year, to December 31 of the year preceding the election. The lawsuit also challenges irregularities in the petition-checking process. Some of the irregularities stem from the fact that the state’s voter data base is not up-to-date, and some from the fact that different counties use different standards for determining whether a signature is valid or not. The lawsuit attacks the practice of disqualifying inactive voters from signing initiative petitions, and also the practice of letting voters remove their signatures after the petition has been filed. The case is Florida Hometown Democracy v Browning, 08-80636, s.d.
The subject of the initiative is to amend the state Constitution, to require that local government comprehensive land use plans must be submitted for a vote of the people before they can take effect.