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Must-read story: Signature gathering may have run afoul of federal election laws

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Two young men popped out of a van, and sidled up to people waiting outside the polling place at the Gull Aire Village clubhouse Tuesday morning in Oldsmar.

We’re students from the Pinellas vocational center. Would you mind signing a petition to put Beverly Biliris on the ballot this year?

Matter of fact, Chris Latvala said he would mind. His stepmother is Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala, the fellow Republican who Billiris is running to unseat this year.

Undeterred, the students succeeded in rounding up other signatures for Billiris, currently the mayor of Tarpon Springs. It was part of a “civics lesson,” said Robyn Poppick, who organized the students’ activity.

But it’s a lesson that may have violated federal law. Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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