The signs go up
The latest Florida 16th news-
Elections supervisors in Mark Foley's former district received permission from a Tallahassee appeals court Friday to post notices stating a vote for the disgraced Republican congressman will go to replacement candidate Joe Negron.I think this is the right ruling. If the parties were reversed, I'd feel the same way. The best voter is one who is informed. The signs were just explaining what a vote for each of the candidates on the ballot. How that is unfair is beyond me, and the democratic lawsuit was just another example of dirty politics. While both parties use these tactic, I feel its almost always wrong no matter which party is doing it.
The Florida Democratic Party said it would not appeal the decision, ending a two-week court battle.
"Confused voters should not be required to guess as to how their vote will be counted, or be forced to question poll workers and rely on the potentially inconsistent, incomplete, or partial information," the appeals court stated.
Writing for a three-judge panel, District Judge James Wolf said Florida law allows poll workers to display informational notices, so long as they are impartial and do not favor a specific candidate. The unanimous ruling reversed an Oct. 28 decision barring the signs.
"The voters of 16th District won with today's ruling," Negron said.
"Voters deserve to know how their vote will be counted."
The court-approved notice states: "A vote for Mark Foley [Rep.] will be counted for Joe Negron [Rep.], the Republican candidate."
The sheets also say a vote for Democratic candidate Tim Mahoney counts for Mahoney and a vote for unaffiliated candidate Emmie Ross counts for Ross.
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