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Legal Challenge To Broward's District 2 Race

FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) - A legal challenge has thrown a proverbial monkey wrench in the race for the District 2 seat in Broward County.

While no Republicans decided to run for this seat, five Democrats threw their hats in the ring to replace Kristin Jacobs who was term limited, according to the Sun-Sentinel. But then a write-in candidate filed to run in the November General Election for the seat. That's where things went awry.

If the write-in candidate hadn't filed, and the race would have only involved Democrats, it would have been open to all voters. However, since the write-in candidate did file, the August race was closed to Republicans.

But then things took another strange turn.

A legal challenge revealed the write-in candidate failed to live in the district when he filed his papers, as required by law, so a judge quickly opened the primary to all voters, according to the paper.

Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes said the ruling came too late to change the ballot.  Since the race would not appear on any ballots for Republican voters, she wants the race decided in November, instead. An appeals judge will make the final ruling.

For now the candidates' names remain on the primary ballots that Democratic voters will receive, but Snipes said they won't be counted.


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