Published: Oct 11, 2011 8:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's top elections official is asking a federal court to end federal oversight of state elections.
Any voting law changes in Florida are required to be submitted to the federal government to see if they meet federal voting rights laws because of past discrimination in five counties.
The GOP-controlled Florida Legislature passed a controversial election law earlier this year, but it still has not taken effect in Collier, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough and Monroe counties.
Secretary of State Kurt Browning first asked the Department of Justice to approve the changes, but then decided to ask a federal court in Washington D.C. to approve the law.
Browning on Tuesday asked the court to declare unconstitutional the criteria used to force Florida to ask for federal approval.

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