Hearing on Argenziano lawsuit on Thursday

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A Tallahassee judge on Thursday will hold a hearing in a lawsuit filed by a former state lawmaker who was a Republican but wants to run for Congress as a Democrat, and can’t because of the state’s new elections law, reports the News Service of Florida.

Nancy Argenziano, who also is a former Public Service Commissioner, had planned to run against U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland in Congressional District 2, but a change made last year by the Legislature requires candidates to belong to a party for 17 months before an election before they can run as a member of that party.

Argenziano is still running, as a member of the Independent Party, but is challenging the provision in law. Few knew the change was in an elections bill that got much more attention for other provisions that Democrats argued would make it harder for their constituents to vote.

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