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Judge strikes down Florida ballot lawRules statute listing governor's party candidates' names first on ballots violates the Constitution

Nov 16, 2019 - Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

A federal court in Tallahassee struck down a Florida law that listed the governor's party first on all ballots, which Democrats argued gave Republicans a significant advantage in a state where the two biggest races in 2018 were both within 0.4 percentage points.

In his ruling, District Court Judge Mark Walker issued a permanent injunction against the law, stating it violates both the First and 14th amendments of the Constitution.

"Florida's ballot order statute is not neutral; instea...