Detzner: Hold 2015 special election for Congress

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Florida’s top election official is recommending that the state hold special elections for Congress next year, even though that may violate federal law.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Friday filed a proposed special election schedule.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis asked for the schedule at the same time that he ordered state legislators to draw up a new congressional map. The Legislature adopted a new map earlier this week.

Detzner’s court filing said if Lewis orders a special election, the primary should be held in March and the general election in May. But the filing adds that such a schedule would likely violate a federal law that requires two-year terms for members of Congress.

Lewis will hold a hearing next week on both the new map and the proposed schedule.