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Judges Consider Signs



A panel of appellate judges on the First District Court of Appeal considered arguments this morning in Tallahassee whether or not to allow elections supervisors to post signs that say a vote for Foley is a vote for Negron.

Two judges mentioned the possibility of partially overturning the lower court order to allow the supervisors' more "neutral" looking signs, which also mention that a vote for Democratic challenger Tim Mahoney is a vote for Mahoney. Yet, they also talked about their concern of "equal protection" issues, since early voters have not been exposed to such signs. It's unclear when they'll issue an order.

In the midst of the hour-long hearing, Judge James Wolfe took a small swipe at Katherine Harris, while posing a question.

"We've become a very politicized atmosphere. You know, red state, blue state. You hear CNN talking about who appointed certain judges and who did not. I will not impugn this secretary of state, but we've had a secretary of state in the past who was considered to be very political," said Judge James Wolf. "What are we opening ourselves up to if we let this information be put in the polling places?"

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:34am]


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