Two Democrat voters have sued the state of Florida in hopes of keeping Sen. Bernie Sanders off of the state’s primary ballot, as reported by Politico.
The lawsuit argues that though Sanders caucuses with the Democrats in the US Senate, he also runs as an independent in Vermont. In the state’s election paperwork, he’s self-identified as an independent.
“Florida is a closed primary state, yet here we have someone who is an independent on the Democratic ballot,” said Karen Gievers, an attorney for the plaintiffs. “You can’t be an independent and be a member of the party.”
The plaintiffs are war veterans and registered Democrats in Tallahassee, Florida. More than 244,000 Democrats have already voted in Florida, but the lawsuit asks the state to disregard votes for Sanders.