Candidates from across the state are coming together to ask Gov. Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel Lee to address the ballot requirements for the primary election.
They argue that it is no longer possible to conduct face to face campaign events, including gathering petitions, with the stay-at-home order for at least the next 30 days.
State and county offices supporting the elections process have been closed without any guidance to candidates on how they can qualify for the ballot given these extenuating circumstances.
Forty-two candidates of both parties, including Democrat Cindy Banyai who has announced for the U.S. House of Representatives in District 19, have signed the request to DeSantis and Secretary Lee. They are asking them to “remove the ballot verification deadline and qualifying date, in addition to waving or reducing the filing fee for all currently active candidates.”
The administration must look closely at the ballot requirement situation amid the pandemic and make the right decision to eliminate or significantly reduce the ballot fee, they argue. This is necessary, they say, to promote our democracy and give Florida voters choices on their representation.
“The sanctity of our elections and the freedom of voters is on the line.”