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Florida Judge Rules No Signs for Foley Replacement at Polling Centers

Mark Foley's name must remain on the ballot although he resigned his seat. However, his replacement, Joe Negron, has been told by Leon Circuit Judge Janet Ferris he is not allowed to post signs clarifying the fact that a vote for Foley is a vote for Negron.

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - The candidate replacing Florida's disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley on the ballot in next month's election has been barred from posting signs at polling places clarifying that votes for Foley will actually go to him, authorities said on Wednesday.

Foley, a six-term Republican congressman, resigned from Congress on September 29 amid revelations that he sent sexually explicit messages to young male congressional aides.

Rules prohibited taking Foley's name off the ballot so close to the November 7 election. So the Republicans' replacement candidate, Joe Negron, had asked election supervisors to post signs at the polls telling voters that ballots cast for Foley would elect him instead.

But Florida Circuit Court Judge Janet Ferris ruled against posting the signs outside the nearly 300 precincts in the eight-county congressional district once represented by Foley.

What's the problem with making sure voters know for whom they are voting? To keep Foley's name on the ballot without any explanation that Joe Negron is actually the candidate is to perpetrate a fraud on Florida's 16th district voters. This is real voter disenfranchisement. Rather than making sure the voters have all the information they need to make an accurate and deliberate choice, the Democrats, assisted by Judge Ferris, want voters to think that they would be actually voting for Mark Foley, who is no longer the candidate.


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Comments (13)

Why isn't Je$$e Jack$on dow... (Below threshold)

Why isn't Je$$e Jack$on down there holding up a sign, and demanding his people be allowed to vote for Negron as "often" as possible?

Where is the great Florida presumption in favor of all measures to "enfranchise" voters, and give the greatest possible sway to the democratic vote?

Crickets chirp when it's a matter of Democrat "principles."

What Reuters failed to ment... (Below threshold)

What Reuters failed to mention was that the proposed solution is identical to that which was allowed when a Democrat was replaced only a couple of years ago.

With any luck, the publicity generated by the case will help educate voters without the notice. Of course, the possibility of the decision being reversed upon appeal remains, but given the history of Florida courts, I wouldn't count on it.

I don't know that this is e... (Below threshold)

I don't know that this is exactly the judge's fault. Isn't there a law against posting signs near polls on election day? The judge may just be enforcing a law that needs to change, in which case it's the legislature's fault, and the judge is just doing as she's supposed to.

Again, all I'm saying is that I don't know.

Another fine example that t... (Below threshold)

Another fine example that the justice system is in the crapper. Judges are no longer judges, but political hacks. No one should show any respect for a judge except when he's sitting on the bench and has to power to cite you. That way it the office you respect and the person you disrespect.

Florida? Florida judges you... (Below threshold)

Florida? Florida judges you say? Mmm, does this bring back any memories?

It sounds reasonable to me ... (Below threshold)

It sounds reasonable to me to post the sign. Perhaps there is some other aspect to the law. Regarding the similar situation where a Democrat was allowed a sign, was that also in Florida?

Rather than making sure the voters have all the information they need to make an accurate and deliberate choice,

Umm, I wouldn't get too high and mighty about that.

John J,I don't kno... (Below threshold)

John J,

I don't know about Florida, but signs were posted at a recent Louisiana primary in which at least one candidate dropped out of a race for statewide office.

The particular rules you're referring to are for *electioneering* signs, which would be for signs like "Vote Bush!", not "A vote for Foley counts towards his replacement,Negron."

Screw them.....Have ... (Below threshold)

Screw them.....
Have volunteers go at every precinct, holding signs that read: A VOTE for M^^^ F^^^^^ is a vote for NEGRON, KEEP Nancy Pelosi from being speaker!
Then if some asshat judge rules that is bad, have them change it to another and make the courts jump until the end of the day. The bottom line is DO it, and then worry about the crying later.

Right on KNIGHTBRIGADE!!</p... (Below threshold)


These so called judges cam go where they'll end up a little earlier then expected!

Free speech anyone?? LEE??

This is absurd! go to hell You groincloth loving lib so called judge!

How about this? Make up bal... (Below threshold)

How about this? Make up balloons with Negron's name on them as GOP candidate.

They're not signs, they're not pamphlets.

I am cross-posting my comme... (Below threshold)

I am cross-posting my comment from Lorie's post as I feel it is relevent:

I am a Floridian and a conservative. I wish there were a better, more logical answer to the problem caused by Foley's resignation and the substitution of Negron's name on the ballot. However, as Captain Ed Morrissey pointed out, the decision handed down by the judge is probably the legally correct one.

It is something the Florida legislature needs to address, not something that should be handled by judicial fiat. Conservatives need to applaud and respect judicial restraint, even when it hands us a result we don't like.

Why not make cards with Fol... (Below threshold)

Why not make cards with Foley's name and Negron's photo?

Just put signs up anyway. ... (Below threshold)

Just put signs up anyway. Keep the Dems busy tearing them down. I'd just love to see the Dems go to court and argue that a Negron victory should be voided because of the signs that stated a fact.






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