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AP: Court: Foley Voters May See Name List
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Court: Foley Voters May See Name List

Associated Press Writer

October 27, 2006, 7:04 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Voters deciding on a replacement for disgraced Rep.
Mark Foley may be provided with a list of candidates in the race as they
enter the voting booth next month, an appeals court ruled Friday.

Foley's name will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot because his resignation came
too late to make changes after revelations that the Florida Republican sent
lurid electronic messages to male teenage congressional pages. A replacement
GOP candidate, Joe Negron, is running in Foley's place.

Republicans proposed posting signs at polling places that explained a vote
for Foley would go to Negron to avoid voter confusion. But Democrats
challenged the idea in court, saying it would amount to a last-minute plug
for Negron.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeals ruled Friday that
providing notices was fine, but only if the notices include other candidates'
names. The court did not address how the information should be given out --
such as whether the notices can be handed to voters or posted.


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