A-OK to use churches as polling places.

A federal district court judge in Florida held on Tuesday that a county elections supervisor didn’t violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by making arrangements to use a Catholic church as a polling place. The opinion is available here:

Rabinowitz v. Anderson (PDF, 15 pages).

Regardless of what you think of the opinion’s merits, you’ve gotta love its brevity. Opinions in Establishment Clause cases at both the trial and appellate levels regularly exceed fifty pages. This judge brought the case in for a landing in under fifteen.

The ruling comes as no surprise from a legal standpoint, but it would have been delightful to watch the chain reaction meltdown spread throughout the right wing blogosphere had the judge gone the other way.

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