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Florida judge rules against poll posting of Foley replacement notice

[JURIST] Florida Judge Janet E. Ferris of the Leon County Circuit Court [official website] ordered [PDF text; press release] that election supervisors be prohibited from affixing signs at polling places warning that votes for former US Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) [JURIST news archive] will be counted for replacement candidate Joe Negron. Dawn Roberts of the State Elections Division previously told election supervisors to post warning signs at polling places throughout the 16th Congressional District. The Florida Democratic Party [party website] challenged [complaint, PDF] the prohibition, arguing that it violated a state statute requiring the original candidate's name to appear on the ballot after the primary results have been certified. Ferris' decision comes just days in advance of Florida polls opening for the state's early voting system.

Foley resigned September 29 at the outset of an e-mail sex scandal involving congressional pages [CRS program backgrounder]. The New York Times has more. The Miami Herald has local coverage.

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