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Nugent's ballot petitions rejected by state; he'll pay qualifying fee



Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Spring Hill, says a screw-up by a campaign consulting firm resulted in his re-election petitions being rejected by the Florida Division of Elections and that he'll have to pay the $10,440 filing fee instead.

"The Florida Division of Elections has informed me that, despite written assurances of validity from my campaign vendor, Jamestown Associates, my petition cards are not in compliance with the formatting requirements established by the state," Nugent wrote in a statement released this afternoon. "While the petition cards had all of the appropriate fields and disclaimers, and voters had filled them out sufficiently, the shape of the cards and some other aesthetic formatting elements were not up to statute.

"A considerable amount of time goes into filling out these cards and collecting them and I sincerely want to thank all of those who volunteered to help me in that process. Jamestown Associates has accepted full responsibility for the mistake, but at such a late stage, it was too much to ask thousands of people to fill out the cards again.  Consequently, I will be paying the qualifying fee to ensure that the 11th District has a commonsense conservative choice for Congress on the ballot this fall."

According to state rules, "Form DS-DE 104 may be reduced or enlarged proportionally in size as a whole document. The form may not be less than 3 inches by 5 inches and no larger than 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches." Nugent's apparently were not the correct size.

Jamestown Associates, which does work for Gov. Chris Christie, has recently come under fire for targeting GOP incumbents.

[Last modified: Monday, March 31, 2014 6:53pm]


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