(CNSNews.com) - A federal lawsuit was being filed Thursday on behalf of Alabama voters in an attempt to reverse the removal of Roy Moore as that state's chief justice. The suit alleges that voters' constitutional rights were violated when the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, an unelected panel, dismissed Moore, an elected state official, over his refusal to move a Ten Commandments display from the rotunda of the state courthouse in Montgomery. Five registered Alabama voters are the plaintiffs in the suit, which claims the panel's Nov. 13 action violates the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. "It is deeply troubling to have an appointed, unelected commission remove an elected official from office," Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said Wednesday. "The Court of the Judiciary has overturned an election and crushed the democratic process through its actions."