Florida judge overturns write-in candidate law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - 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.

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