04/23/2012 06:11 pm ET Updated Apr 23, 2012

Rick Scott Denied Chance To Replace Florida Supreme Court Justices After Ballot Scramble

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) almost got the opportunity to replace three state Supreme Court justices, thanks to a near-hiccup with election paperwork.

On Friday, Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince nearly missed the deadline to qualify for the ballot, the Associate Press reports. They filed the necessary paperwork just minutes before the state’s noon deadline, and only after the court put a hearing on hold.

Supreme Court justices in Florida are appointed by the governor and are subject to a merit-based vote every six years. Lewis, Pariente, and Quince were all appointed with the support of Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles. Had the justices missed the filing deadline, Scott could have appointed three new ones.

Scott’s relationship with the Florida Supreme Court was shaken last year when the court ruled against him in a 5-2 decision, saying that Scott had “overstepped his constitutional authority” by issuing an executive order freezing all pending rules until he could approve them -- essentially hijacking the legislature’s rulemaking authority and violating the separation of powers, in the opinion of the court.

More recently, Pariente wrote the decision earlier this year that struck down the Senate’s redistricting plan, forcing the legislature to conduct a special session to redo it.

Republicans in Florida have criticized other rulings by the three justices, and are expected to target them for defeat this year.

10 more election stories from beyond the presidential field:

Grace Meng Accepted Campaign Cash From Family Friend With Checkered History [New York Daily News]

Marceaux Tells Judge She Is 'Going Down'; He Goes To Jail [The Chattanoogan]

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo Spent More Than $3,000 In Campaign Funds On Trip, Luxury Resort [NJ.com]

New Super PAC Backs GOP Senate Candidate Connie Mack [The Miami Herald]

Campaign Donor Has $6.3 Million Contract [FOX 45]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Puts Re-Election Campaign On Cruise Control [Bay Area News Group]

Craig Miller Gets Veterans' Publication Endorsement In Congressional Race [Orlando Sentinel]

Kathleen Falk Asks Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker To Explain Himself [HuffPost]

Indiana GOP Rallies Support For Candidates [Shelby News]

Gov. Huckabee & Huck PAC Endorse Faught For Congress [HuckPAC.com]