Broward judge denies plaintiffs’ motion in controversial Amendment 2 case

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A Broward County judge has denied a motion by a marijuana legalization group that sued the Broward Supervisor of Elections after four Broward residents received mail-in ballots that omitted Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana statewide.

According to The Miami Herald, Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips issued the order shortly before noon, Friday, saying the elections department did take the appropriate actions to remedy the problem and that “no irreparable harm was done.”

The plaintiff, NORML of Florida, was asking the court to force election officials to put out signs and notices at polling places informing voters to check for Amendment 2. They also asked the court for judicial oversight of the election process, to make sure the amendment was on ballots being mailed out.

However, Phillips denied this motion, also noting that the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes, had already taken steps to fix the problem, including providing replacement ballots to people who asked for them and by enforcing election officials to examine ballots to determine if they contain Amendment 2.

On Thursday, four Broward residents testified in court that their mail-in ballot was missing Amendment 2. They told officials that the mail-in ballots they received recently were missing the amendment.

Snipes also testified, saying that her office takes these claims very seriously.

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