Monthly Archives: April 2012

Lawyers Can Run for Judicial Seats Far From Home

            Residency requirements for candidates can differ from office to office.  In 2001, the Florida Supreme Court in Miller v. Mendez construed the judicial residency requirement contained in Art. V, section 8 of the Florida Constitution to mean that a … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court Approves Senate District Map

In a 5-2 decision the Florida Supreme Court on April 27 2012 approved the legislature’s second attempt to redraw the state senate district map. The court previously rejected the senate map, forcing the state legislature to reconvene to redraw the … Continue reading

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Governor Rates Supervisors of Elections

Florida Governor Rick Scott has released his office’s ratings for each of Florida’s 67 Supervisors of Elections. The rating chart can be viewed here. As this article reports, the ratings are not without controversy.

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Filing Deadline Causes Florida Supreme Court Justices to Scramble

The critical nature of candidate filing deadlines was again illustrated April 20, 2012, when three members of the Florida Supreme Court almost lost their seats by failing to file complete paperwork by a noon deadline. Florida Supreme Court justices face … Continue reading

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Defective Petitions Cause Candidates to Scramble

 Under Florida Statute 99.095, candidates can avoid paying qualifying fees if they gather enough signed voter petitions before qualifying deadlines.  Apparently, several candidates have been using old or defectively printed petition forms that do not comply with the petition form … Continue reading

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Redistricting Litigation Update

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments on April 20, 2012, on whether the legislature’s state senate map passes muster under Florida’s Fair Districts Amendment.  The Supreme Court previously rejected the senate map, but approved the legislature’s house map.  If … Continue reading

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