Florida Election Qualifying Losing Personal Touch
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The tradition of Florida candidates standing in line to personally file their qualifying papers is just a memory.
Only one candidate was on hand as qualifying opened at noon Monday for federal and state offices.
They include newly redistricted congressional and legislative seats as well as a U.S. Senate seat.
Most candidates were relying on other people or delivery services to get their papers filed by noon Friday.
The new district lines are expected to cause some office-seekers to change their political plans. Florida this year added two more congressional districts to bring the state's total to 27 because of population growth between 2000 and 2010.
Clay County Clerk of Courts James Jett was first in line. He's trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, a fellow Republican.
- Number of Florida Kids Who Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch at an all time High
- Required Personal Finance Classes May Be in Florida's Future
- City Election Candidate Qualifying Week
- Days After Election, Florida's Votes Finally Counted
- Florida Prosecutor in Martin Case Wins Re-election
- Governor Scott Angers Florida Election Supervisors
- Florida Lawmakers Push For Election Reform Bills
- Michael Bargo Becomes Youngest Person on Florida's Death Row
- Personal Information Accessed in FLDOE Security Breach
- Governor Scott Makes Reference to Wrong Person