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Pasco election boss to court: Hurry!

Pasco County Elections Supervisor Brian Corley is none too happy with the court date set for the first hearing on the legitimacy of a write-in candidate: July 17 -- just three days before a state deadline for mailing overseas ballots.

"I would respectfully beg, I would get on my knees and beg, for an earlier hearing," Corley told Bay Buzz. "We need the court to decide quickly."

By law, he has to mail more than 2,000 overseas ballots by July 21. Corley has halted the production of those ballots and roughly 8,000 more absentee ballots due to the court challenge by Pasco Democrats who want a write-in candidate for the District 1 County Commission race. The candidate, John M. Taylor, closed the election to only Republicans, but the Democrats say he doesn't meet residency requirements.

Democratic attorney Bob Altman and Corley are seeking a decision as early as possible. Taylor's response hasn't been received.

--David DeCamp,Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:29am]


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