UF and FSU students suing Florida Secretary of State

Published: May. 22, 2018 at 11:30 PM EDT
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Florida's top elections official is being sued by a handful of students at the University of Florida.

The League of Women's Voters of Florida and the students are suing Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

The 49-page lawsuit is about Detzner's decision to ban the use of college buildings as early voting sites.

Back in 2014, Detzner told Gainesville officials they couldn't use UF’s Reitz Union as an early voting location.

Detzner said that the law didn't allow any college or university buildings to be used.

The lawsuit argues that Detzner is misinterpreting the early voting law since it doesn't contain an actual ban on educational buildings.

UF researcher Megan Newsome, FSU student Alexander Adams, UF Students Jamie Coy, Dillon Boatner, And Amol Jethwani, who's running for the Florida House of Representatives, are suing.

The lawsuit mentions Detzner's interpretation of the statute will place a burden on the growing group of young voters in the area.

In 2016’s general election, the Reitz Union had 5,788 registered voters.

3,740 ballots were cast in total.

John Tupps, a spokesman For Gov. Rick Scott, called the lawsuit "frivolous".

He also noted campuses are allowed to have polling sites on election day.