Judge sides with Or­lando in elec­tion suit

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mark Sch­lueb

A fed­eral judge ruled Fri­day that an Orange County man’s law­suit against Or­lando over last year’s City Coun­cil elec­tion can’t go for­ward.

Vib­ert White sued af­ter Or­lando City Clerk Alana Bren­ner re­fused to put his name on the bal­lot to run against Com­mis­sioner Daisy Lynum in the spring 2010 elec­tion. Bren­ner said White had not shown ad­e­quate proof that he’d been a res­i­dent and reg­is­tered voter in the district for at least a year, as re­quired by the city charter.

White, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of his­tory at the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Florida, chal­lenged the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the city charter re­quire­ments.

But U.S. District Judge John An­toon II ruled that White doesn’t have grounds to chal­lenge the city charter be­cause he not only doesn’t live in the City Coun­cil district, but he doesn’t even live in Or­lando.

An­toon wrote in an or­der is­sued Fri­day that Or­lando of­fi­cials “pre­sented abun­dant ev­i­dence” that White ac­tu­ally re­sides out­side city lim­its in un­in­cor­po­rated Orange County, and not in a house he claimed to rent from the mother of his cam­paign man­ager.

At­tor­ney Scott Gabriel­son, who rep­re­sented Or­lando in the case, said city of­fi­cials hadn’t de­cided whether to seek legal fees and costs from White, who couldn’t be reached for com­ment.

mschlueb@tri­bune.com or 407-420-5417

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