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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Developments in the lawsuit between a student group and UF about online voting in Student Government elections may bring a hearing date closer.

Students for Online Voting, or SOLVe, sued UF on Feb. 22 after the UF Supreme Court ruled that putting an online-voting amendment on the SG ballot would be unconstitutional. The student court said online voting could interfere with SG's ability to prevent voter coercion.

The First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee granted SOLVe's request to expedite the case in July.

Joe Little, a UF adjunct law professor and lawyer for SOLVe, said though the request was granted, it does not offer a time frame for the final decision.

Court files show that UF is represented by David M. Delaney and Elizabeth S. McKillop, of Dell Graham, a local firm concentrated in defense of civil lawsuits, along with attorneys from UF's Office of the General Counsel.

Tommy Jardon, SOLVe president and UF law student, said Patricia Telles-Irvin, vice president for Student Affairs, asked him to consider creating another committee to look into the online-voting issue.

"A very small and very idealistic side of me thinks something still may, may come out of it," Jardon said.

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