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Florida should close loophole for write-in candidates

Using shadowy write-in candidates to close otherwise open primaries to a single party's voters is unethical.

With independent and third-party voters surging, the state needs to eliminate a loophole and end this act of suppression.

For example, more than 60 percent of the registered votes won't have any real voice in choosing the next District 4 commissioner representing eastern Hillsborough County. Some want to debate the issue along partisan lines. It's not about registering in the "right" party or getting the other side to field candidates.

People who have no intent of mounting a real campaign are being used to deny voters. Period. At the very least, the state could raise the requirements for write-in candidates …

A sample U.S. citizenship test is making the rounds on Facebook. I encourage everyone to not only take it, but also research the answers they missed and determine why they didn't learn those facts in school …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Ninety Percent of Politics Is Deciding Who To Blame …

Clearwater's pursuit of downtown redevelopment remains topical, but it's worth pointing out that organic growth is just as important as government initiatives. The city can't idly stand by and hope for improvement, but it can't do it all. Ask St. Petersburg …

Is it just me, or has someone else heard the Rays may want a new stadium in the West Shore area instead of downtown Tampa? …

The Tampa Bay Times will hold a salute to Maya Angelou from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Brandon Barnes & Noble, 122 Brandon Town Center. I'll be there because, as Angelou said, "I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."

That's all I'm saying.

Florida should close loophole for write-in candidates 07/06/14 [Last modified: Sunday, July 6, 2014 6:57pm]
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