TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking the state's top court to throw out a lawsuit that aims to stop the Republican governor from appointing three Supreme Court justices on the day he leaves office.

Attorneys for Scott on Wednesday filed a response to a lawsuit filed last month by the League of Women Voters' Florida branch and government watchdog Common Cause.

The filing with the Supreme Court of Florida asserts the lawsuit should be rejected because it deals with something that may or may not happen in 2019.

Age limits could force three justices to retire on the day Scott leaves office in January 2019. Scott has said he plans to name their replacements that same morning.

The decision could change the balance of the court for decades.

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Online: http://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Response.pdf