Florida’s elections commission has sued to block the Republican Party from using the state’s name to register voters, according to a filing from the commission’s lawyers.
The state’s GOP has argued that the name, the Florida Keys, is already a registered trademark in Florida, which is why the state doesn’t have to use it.
Republican state representatives from Palm Beach County filed a motion on Friday with the Florida Supreme Court arguing that using the name could violate the state constitution.
They’re asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit and prevent the GOP from using any of the state Republican Party’s trademarks in future elections.
The complaint was filed on behalf of state Republican Representative David Siegel, who represents parts of Miami-Dade County and is the co-chair of the Republican National Committee.
“The Republican Party of Florida has a long history of standing for limited government, economic development, and fiscal responsibility,” the motion reads.
“That’s why, when Florida’s Democratic Party seeks to use the name of the Florida Democratic Party to register and vote, the Republican-controlled Florida Commission on Elections, in good faith, does not object.”
Republican officials from Miami-dade and Broward counties are also in the lawsuit, as are Republican state senators and representatives.
The lawsuit was filed in Miami- Dade Circuit Court, a part of which is located near the Miami International Airport, according the Miami Herald.
Siegel has repeatedly called for the Republican party to stop using the Florida name in future election campaigns, including in a campaign ad released in June that accused Democrats of “trying to buy Florida.”
Siegel’s office did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
The Republican Party in Florida has already spent more than $50,000 on the lawsuit.