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Florida Civil Rights Attorney Sues Over "Sham" Write-In Candidates

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The Florida Constitution requires an open primary when there is no opposition in the general election. Now, a Jacksonville civil rights attorney wants the Florida Supreme Court to take another look at the way he says campaigns recruit phony write-in candidates to close primaries and disenfranchise thousands of voters.

Samuel Jacobson alleges a write-in candidate for state attorney in Duval County is a “sham.”

“What we have here is somebody who, we believe, was not a good-faith candidate at all, but somebody who qualified for the election as a ploy,” said Jacobson.

The suit alleges write-in candidate Daniel Leigh is a contributor to incumbent Angela Corey, and that Corey’s campaign manager filed Leigh’s qualifying papers in Tallahassee.

Corey initially drew only Republican opposition, and would have faced an open primary.