Friday, July 18, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is overturning a law that requires write-in candidates running for the Legislature to live in their districts at the time of qualifying.
Circuit Judge George Reynolds ruled Friday the 2007 law places unconstitutional restrictions on write-in candidates. Other legislative candidates don't have to live in their districts until Election Day.
Reynolds' ruling came in a case involving a write-in candidate running for Florida House District 96 in Broward County.
Since Ronald Bray qualified as a write-in candidate for the November election, only Democrats can vote in the Aug. 26 primary between former Rep. Steve Perman and Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs.
A Broward County man filed a lawsuit trying to remove Bray from the ballot after he acknowledged he did not live in the district.