Oct. 20, 2004 – The Florida Supreme Court ruled Monday that voters who cast provisional ballots at the wrong precinct will not be counted on election day. The decision that was contested by labor unions arguing it wrongly disenfranchised voters. The court, however, said the law clearly states that these ballots -- which are cast by voters whose registration status is unknown -- must be tallied only if the person is entitled to vote at that precinct. It also ruled that the constitution grants the state legislature the power to establish voting guidelines.
The group of labor unions who sued over the ballot law said it wrongfully disenfranchises those who do not know their polling place, especially since some may have moved after redistricting or a hurricane.