Administrative Law Complaint Challenges Eary Voting Rules

Senator Arthenia Joyner, joined by the ACLU of Florida and the National Council of La Raza, filed an administrative law complaint on June 29 challenging the Secretary of State’s implementation of a new statute which reduces the period of early voting. The complaint alleges that administrative rules adopted by the Secretary to implement the statute violate the Florida Administrative Procedure Act because the rules are contrary to the uniformity requirements of Fla. Stat. 97.012(1) . Five counties cannot implement the new statute and rules because they have not yet been cleared under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Joyner and the other petitioners argue this will result in the inconsistent and arbitrary application of the rules among the 67 counties in Florida. Read about other lawsuits on this issue.

Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

About Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

Tom Shults is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. He has represented clients in election and sunshine law issues, complex business and commercial disputes and probate and trust suits. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1983 and has maintained an active trial practice in state and federal courts for over 35 years. Mr. Shults successfully represented the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections in Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections et al. v. Browning et al. , where the Florida Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of Sarasota County’s charter election law amendments. Mr. Shults has served on the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar and is the past Chairman of the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee of The Florida Bar. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award of the Sarasota County Bar Association for his work with the Sarasota Mental Health Community Centers. In 2013 he was nominated for circuit court judge by the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee. Mr. Shults has served on the faculty of the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques at Emory University School of Law and on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Program for Practicing Lawyers at Nova Southeastern University School of Law. Mr. Shults grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and is a graduate of St. Petersburg High School (1973), Florida State University (B.S. 1977) and Washburn University School of Law (J.D. cum laude 1982). He is veteran of the United States Army.
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